Virtual reality simulators for dermatologic surgery: Measuring their validity as a teaching tool

Daniel Berg*, Greg Raugi, Hayes Gladstone, Jeff Berkley, Suzanne Weghorst, Mark Ganter, George Turkiyyah

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Surgical simulation is increasingly being considered for training, testing, and possibly credentialing in medicine and surgery. At the University of Washington we have been developing a virtual reality (VR) suturing simulator. In the course of development it must be realized that expensive new technologies should bear the burden of proof of their effectiveness and reliability before they are put into training programs. The purpose of this article is to define the concept of surgical skill and to discuss how it can be measured in the context of validating VR surgical simulators. Specific measures of validity and reliability are reviewed and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)370-374
Number of pages5
JournalDermatologic Surgery
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology

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