Nintendo surgeons

"Traditional academic surgeons look at what I do and thumb their noses," said James Rosser Jr., director of the Advanced Medical Technologies Institute at Manhattan's Beth Israel Medical Center. Rosser was speaking at the first ever Video Game/Entertainment Industry Technology and Medicine Conference, a symposium he helped organize to discuss interfaces between medicine and entertainment technology. The conference was sponsored by the US Department of Defense's Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center. From a Reuters report:

Surgeons who play video games three hours a week have 37 percent fewer errors and accomplish tasks 27 percent faster, (Rosser) says, basing his observation on results of tests using the video game "Super Monkey Ball."…

More than 5,000 people, from schoolchildren to surgeons, have done training exercises on a system Rosser calls "Top Gun," designed to train laparoscopic surgeons, doctors who use minimally-invasive techniques to repair injuries.

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