This review published in the American Journal of Surgery aimed to evaluate the usefulness of specific psychomotor skills tasks and metrics, and how trainers might build an effective training curriculum. They find that the vast majority of Virtual Reality psychomotor skills tasks help improve time and motion parameters. In addition, distributed training schedules seem to be better than massed practice. However, it appears important to have a degree of supervision to counter the limitations of VR training. Such information is necessary to establish VR laparoscopic psychomotor skills curricula.
American Journal of Surgery 2012;doi:10.1016/j.amjsurg.2011.11.010
Headline: Standardized proficiency scores are necessary to establish VR laparoscopic psychomotor skills curricula
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