Virtual reality is on the way to forge a new pathway in the way employees are trained and equipped for the workforce. Technology has made it possible for employees to experience a virtual training environment – either by exposing them to any parts of the world or interacting with elements that might not be as easily accessible. According to research, surgeons who used virtual reality training for two hours improved their time on task by 83% and were 70% more efficient in movement. With this new simulation training system, organizations now can create a controlled situation for employees to learn through practice without consequences such as the case of surgical procedures.
Another advantage of simulation training for surgeons is the ability to visualize the complex anatomic structure. As a result, this not only increases the speed and accuracy of surgical procedures but in return, reduces the patient’s trauma and risks. Simulation training using virtual reality allows surgeons to perform better through retention levels, as surgeons who consistently receive training can better remember procedures and steps in surgical procedures more thoroughly. This is in contrary to conventional training where the complexity of practicing on a human body can be a challenge due to the risks involved.
The current challenge for surgeons in virtual reality would be telesurgery, where procedures between the patients and surgeons are at different locations. This will open a new frontier to surgical procedures in the future and could reduce the cost for specialists abroad and save more lives by saving time.