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01-09-2014 | Short Communication | Uitgave 4/2014 Open Access

Perspectives on Medical Education 4/2014

Training basic laparoscopic skills using a custom-made video game

Perspectives on Medical Education > Uitgave 4/2014
Jetse Goris, Maarten B. Jalink, Henk O. ten Cate Hoedemaker
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Jetse and Maarten contributed equally to this work and share joint first authorship.


Video games are accepted and used for a wide variety of applications. In the medical world, research on the positive effects of playing games on basic laparoscopic skills is rapidly increasing. Although these benefits have been proven several times, no institution actually uses video games for surgical training. This Short Communication describes some of the theoretical backgrounds, development and underlying educational foundations of a specifically designed video game and custom-made hardware that takes advantage of the positive effects of games on basic laparoscopic skills.
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