Precision OS and University of Connecticut partner to train residents during coronavirus pandemic

Precision OS and University of Connecticut partner to train residents during coronavirus pandemic

Precision OS Technology, developers of the medical-grade virtual reality learning platform that advances surgical readiness, announced recently details of a partnership with top-ranked research institution, University of Connecticut (UCONN).

“This technology couldn’t have come at a better time. We are struggling to balance the safety of all of our residents and patients with our obligation to continue to educate the surgeons we are graduating,” said Lauren Geaney, Programme Director at UCONN. “Precision OS allows us to bridge that gap with amazing and accurate simulations. We are very excited to begin integrating this into our curriculum. We have tried many VR providers and we chose Precision OS given the quality of education and the fact that it is clearly made to improve surgeon skill.”

Residents’ clinical responsibilities have been significantly reduced to adjust to needs during this pandemic. There are limited responsibilities for the foreseeable future. “As a senior resident, this is an extremely stressful situation as I complete my residency programme. I will be starting my fellowship shortly, and now with no elective operative cases, I can feel my technical skills deteriorating without practice”, said Dr. Merrill, a 5th and final year resident at UCONN. “The Precision OS platform is exactly what we need. It is challenging, case based, and allows me to operate through increasing levels of complexity in virtual reality. It allows us to practice our hand-eye coordination and 3-D visual-spatial awareness from anywhere. This type of training is certainly the future and will be critical in educating future surgeons, we should have this type of training year round, and now we will.”

“We factored in many variables when developing our VR medical education and training software. The current models of learning have shown limited value as an experiential tool, often presented as workstations. Our platform is intended to provide the missing experience of being transported to an operating room environment, encouraging confidence in the student’s technical and responsive skills, which is otherwise only available in the physical operating room,” said Danny P. Goel, Orthopaedic Surgeon, CEO and Founder of Precision OS.

“The advances in technology allow us to connect individuals to surgical experiences which they may not see during their entire training. Now, It’s available to them at their convenience, at home, as needed with personalised performance metrics they can build upon. We are very proud we can assist and deliver on our principal goal of providing medical grade VR education.”

The Precision OS method of VR training has proven superior to traditional approaches in a number of ways, including enabling users to grasp procedural concepts significantly faster. They have shown this in their recent publication in JBJS Am, the leading orthopaedic surgical journal known globally. The validated study demonstrated that senior residents who trained with VR modules will learn faster and be technically superior when compared to their colleagues who trained for the surgical procedure through traditional means.

In addition to improving efficiency and skill, the Precision OS modules can provide hospital systems and learning centres with considerable financial relief. The modules are facilitated through a portable platform, Oculus Quest, enabling training to be completed anywhere and at any time, encouraging portability and eliminating equipment hard costs.

The partnership with Precision OS will allow UCONN trainees the opportunity to stay connected to their clinical experience of operating. The students will be able to practice surgery at their convenience, learn from their mistakes and continue to improve and enhance their technical skills, while at home.

“Education is the pillar by which we provide the best patient care,” said Dr Goel. “We have to reduce the negative impact this situation will have on patients who will require surgery once this pandemic is over and beyond. The trainees should experience failure at home, not in real life.”

To learn more about the technology behind the training modules and the impact it’s already had, visit www.PrecisionOSTech.com.

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