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Surgeons Perfect Their Skills With the Wii

Surgeons Are Being Prescribed Serious Face Time With the Wii

Let's just hope that if you ever need surgery, your MD is an avid gamer! USA Today is reporting on a study performed by the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, which found that surgical residents who got their game on for an hour before diving into virtual surgery scored 48 percent higher on tool control and performance. This isn't the first time we've heard of hospitals incorporating the Wii into their practices: Rehab and physical therapy physicians have already been successfully using the Wii to remedy movement and balance issues.

However, not all games offer the same benefits. Titles like Marble Mania, where the player uses calculated and small movements with the Wii Remote, are better than, say, Super Mario Galaxy or Wii Sports. Unfortunately, saving the galaxy and perfecting your golf swing do not directly affect your ability to perform open heart surgery. Who knew? If you want to get in on some surgical action of your own, check out Trauma Center. It may just tide you over until you finish med school.


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hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
True, in the medical field I always caught on to technical hands on devices WAYYY faster than my friends who didn't game! It's awesome that they are using the Wii for rehab I can totally see that being effective...especially with the Wii Fit coming out soon. This will be great for people who need rehab as far as balance and some Yoga, this is great news.
so-crispy so-crispy 9 years
i'm a premed student at fordham, and my friend who lives in the next room got a Wii and Trauma Center: New Blood!!! omg its wayyy too fun, i cannot even handle it.
KadBunny KadBunny 9 years
Heehee. :D Awesome to know video games help out in the real world, too! I mean psh they always have anyway; I certainly have better reflex than most of my non-gamer friends, but it's finally getting widely recognized now and slowly being incorporated into every practices.
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