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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

Shelly Palmer is Managing Partner at Palmer Advanced Media, a technology-focused strategic advisory practice that helps Fortune 500 companies and growth-stage companies with digital strategy, data science, marketing, branding, and business development. He is Fox 5 New York's on-air tech and digital media expert and a regular commentator on CNBC and CNN. @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.

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"Shelly Palmer Radio Report – November 27, 2012" by @ShellyPalmer