Randomized Trial of a Virtual Reality Tool to Teach Surgical Technique for Tibial Shaft Fracture Intramedullary Nailing

I frequently get asked if using virtual reality for surgical training actually works. Well, I’m unbelievably excited to announce that UCLA Health‘s study showing Osso VR boosting surgical performance by 230% has been published this month in the Journal of Surgical Education! , Stephen Zoller, Nelson Soohoo, Nicholas Bernthal et al discuss their methods and results in the abstract here: “20 participants were recruited and randomized into VR (n = 10) and SG (n = 10) groups. All 20 participants completed the first phase and 17 completed the second phase of the study. Aggregate global assessment scores were significantly higher for VR than SG group (17.5 vs. 7.5, p < 0.001), including scores in all individual categories. The percentage of steps completed correctly was significantly higher in the VR group compared to the SG group (63% vs. 25%, p < 0.002). Average improvement between the first and second phases of the study were higher in the VR group compared to SG group across all 5-categories of the global assessment scale, and significantly higher for knowledge of instruments (50% vs. 11%, p, 0.01).” Interested in researching Osso VR? Let us know as we have a variety of studies we’re working on!