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Usefulness of smart glasses and point of view for suturing skills training in medical students: pilot study
  1. Takaaki Sato1,
  2. John Sandars2,
  3. Jeremy Brown2,
  4. Simon N Rogers1,2
  1. 1Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool, UK
  2. 2Health Research Instiutute, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mr Takaaki Sato, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool L9 7AL, UK; takaaki.sato{at}doctors.org.uk

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Introduction

Smart glasses are a wearable computer device equipped with a compact video camera, which offers live streaming and video recording from the wearer’s point of view (POV). In the last decade, smart glasses in surgical education have been widely adopted, including live streaming to allow a surgeon to remotely mentor another surgeon to improve their performance.1 In clinical training, recent research suggests that reviewing the recorded video from the trainees’ POV improves their self-reflection and augments the trainer’s feedback.2

We are interested in the potential of using smart glasses and POV for surgical skills training in medical students. No previous publication has been identified.

We conducted a pilot study to investigate the perceived usefulness of smart glasses and POV for suturing skills training in medical students.

Method

Twenty-four preclinical medical students participated in a suturing skills training workshop. The workshop was held in three phases:

  • Phase I: the suturing skill was demonstrated by the tutor, who was wearing smart glasses (Vuzix M-300, Vuzix Corporation, New York, USA). The students were invited to either view the demonstration directly in front of the demonstrator or watch the live-streaming demonstration with the overhead projector.

  • Phase II: the students carried out suturing in …

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Footnotes

  • Contributors All authors contributed to the planning and reporting. TS collected the data. TS and JB analysed the data.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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