Video games can make you a winner in real life. Well, in moderation, maybe. A recent study conducted by a professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found that high school and college students who regularly played video games were able to match and sometimes exceed the skill level of resident physicians in a robotic surgery simulator. In short, the study found that playing video games makes for a better surgeon. The study also found that the test subjects who played about two hours of video games daily performed better than those who played four hours daily, so there might be something to be said for moderation, as well.
The results aren’t too surprising. After all, many video games develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination. One stage of the test, however, tested the three groups on non-robot-assisted surgery and found that the surgeons greatly outperformed the high-school and college students. So as it turns out, playing Call of Duty for a few minutes every day might sharpen the senses, but it’s not a replacement for medical school. I didn’t spend 14 years playing Pong and then just open a practice one day.
I attended Stanford for my residency, and sadly, I’m too busy to play video games. Luckily, however, my practice stays busy enough that I am able continue honing my skills as a plastic surgeon by performing actual surgery. From breast augmentations and tummy tucks to nose jobs (rhinoplasty) and laser resurfacing, our office offers the highest-quality cosmetic surgery results. Our patients love their natural-looking results and if you’re thinking about plastic surgery, you’ve found the right place.
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