APR 22, 2019 1:14 PM PDT

Stress-free Training May Enhance Surgical Skills

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

 

 

The video above shows surgical exercise and facial heat maps based on a study in Scientific Reports which indicates that the best way to train surgeons is to remove stress that is implicated in residency programs and to promote surgery as a hobby.

"It appears that by removing external stress factors associated with the notoriously competitive and harsh lifestyle of surgery residencies, stress levels during inanimate surgical training plummet," said Ioannis Pavlidis, Eckhard Pfeiffer Professor and director of the Computational Physiology Lab at UH. "In five short sessions these students, approaching surgery for fun or as a hobby, had remarkable progress achieving dexterity levels similar to seasoned surgeons, at least in these drills." His partners on the project, Anthony Echo and Dmitry Zavlin, surgeons at Houston Methodist Institute for Reconstructive Surgery, gave brief instructions to the students at the beginning of the program.

Source: University of Houston

About the Author
  • Nouran is a scientist, educator, and life-long learner with a passion for making science more communicable. When not busy in the lab isolating blood macrophages, she enjoys writing on various STEM topics.
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