Video Gamers Make Good Surgeons

Surgical success linked to skill at video games
  • Playing video games appears to help surgeons with skills that truly count: how well they operate using a precise technique a study said.
  • Researchers found that doctors who spent at least three hours a week playing video games made about 37 percent less mistakes in laparoscopic surgery and performed the task 27 percent faster than their counterparts who did not play video games.
  • The study on whether good video game skills translate into surgical prowess was done by researchers with Beth Israel and the National Institute on Media and the Family at Iowa State University. It was based on testing 33 fellow doctors 12 attending physicians and 21 medical school residents who participated from May to August 2003.