The Imperial College London recently conducted an independent study about our VR training module on the Anterior Approach to Hip Surgery to illustrate how it can help improve training at the residency level.
At the Johnson & Johnson Institute, we have been proud to offer surgeons, nurses, and other healthcare professionals (HCPs) an industry-leading virtual reality (VR) training program as part of our growing digital education ecosystem. From the start, we knew VR could help HCPs learn new procedures faster than traditional teaching methods and now have data to back up its effectiveness.
The Imperial College London recently conducted an independent study about our VR training module on the Anterior Approach to Hip Surgery to illustrate how it can help improve training at the residency level. In this randomized control trial, surgeons were either provided conventional training, which includes workshops, lectures, videos from experts, observing and assisting in real surgery, or a five-week VR curriculum. This enabled surgeons to not just practice VR, but also be immediately assessed in VR with feedback and analytics.
The study was just published in Bone and Joint Journal, showing 83% of surgeons trained on our VR were able to perform the surgery in a lab setting with minimal guidance, whereas none of the traditionally trained surgeons were able to do the same.
Data from the study shows that even the lowest-scoring VR trained surgeons performed better than the best non-VR-trained surgeon on the module.
“Virtual reality has had a major impact on our surgeons because it mimics a real operating room,” said Dr. Kartik Logishetty, the study’s author and clinical research fellow at Imperial College London. “The environment felt and looked just like real surgery.”
In addition to this publication, the study results have been shared during various society and organization events, and were honored with the following national and international awards:
- President’s Award, Imperial College London
- British Orthopaedic Association, Simulation Award
- British Orthopaedic Research Society (BORS), Translational Research Award
- BORS, Young Investigator Award
- Computer-Aided Orthopaedic Surgery (CAOS), Best Clinical Research/Paper Award
- Association of Medical Education (AMEE), Patil Research Prize
- International Society of Technology in Arthroplasty (ISTA), Young Investigator Award
“The data from this study is very promising and propelling us to go even further to scale our VR efforts as evidenced in our two new strategic partnerships with Oculus and Osso VR,” explains Sandra Humbles, Vice President of Global Education Solutions for Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices. “We are now forging ahead with a mission to make VR technology available to every surgeon in every hospital to help improve patient outcomes around the world.”