Whoever said playing video games would get you nowhere in life was wrong. A group of scientists at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston recently had a group of high school sophomore gamers compete medical residents to see who would perform better using virtual surgery tools. The verdict? The high school gamers smoked their competition in many of the 32 skills being judged, such as hand-eye coordination or time. The results should be taken with a grain of salt, as the stakes were incredibly low; playing a virtual game of Operation is much different from performing a biopsy. But while this was only a simulation, this is a positive sign, as it proves yet again that younger generations are more familiar with and better at using technology, as they have done all their lives. As medical technology continues to improve, many of these gamers will begin careers as medical professionals, and will feel right at home while doing so.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – November 27, 2012
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).