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Volunteers Needed: Learning Strategies in Simulation-Based Shoulder Arthroscopic Surgical Training

We are conducting an experiment to see how to improve the learning curve in arthroscopic (scope) surgery using a virtual reality arthroscopic shoulder simulator.

If you are between the age of 18 to 70 and are interested in volunteering for a study to examine learning in minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery, we’d like you to consider setting up an appointment.

Subjects will complete a simulated basic shoulder surgery after observing a short video demonstration. An eye-tracking device will be used during the observation and then the subject will perform the simulated surgical task immediately afterwards.

You are eligible if you have had no experience to any experience (novice to expert) with arthroscopic or laparoscopic surgery and have no conditions that affect your ability to see and manipulate instruments with both hands. There are no risks to participation and you may enjoy the challenge of learning a common surgical procedure in virtual reality simulation. The first session will take approximately 30 minute to complete. A second session will also be performed one month after the first session and will run similar to the first session.

Learn the basics of scope surgery in Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics (CSTAR) at University hospital and see how you do!

For more information or to enroll: Giuseppe.p.valente@gmail.com or mlebel4@uwo.ca