When you think of it, the surgical training model hasn’t changed very much in the last 100 years. Typically, surgical residents begin by observing more experienced surgeons. Then gradually, over time, they are given more and more autonomy until they can perform on their own. But this training model is no longer sustainable as technology is accelerating the pace of surgical innovation and there’s more for a surgeon to learn.
With a head for health, a heart for teaching and a passion for patients, the Johnson & Johnson Institute has been ushering in a new era of modern surgical training. We’ve equipped our facilities around the world with virtual reality training so surgeons can learn, rehearse, and master skills in a safe space, on their own time and at their own pace so they are better prepared to operate on real patients.
At the Oculus Developers Conference in California last week, Sandra Humbles, VP of Global Education Solutions for J&J Medical Devices, explained that from the start, we knew VR could help surgeons learn new procedures faster than traditional teaching methods like watching videos or reading textbooks. Now, we have data to back up VR’s effectiveness. The Imperial College London conducted a 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.
“I was excited to share key finds of this study that included 83% of VR trained surgeons 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,” said Sandra. “The surgeons who trained at any level in VR out-performed all of the non-VR trained surgeons in the study, and this independent validation of our work is propelling us to go even further.”
What would have been nearly impossible just a short while ago, is now within our reach thanks to two new strategic partnerships. With the portability of Quest from Oculus and the support of our new development partner Osso VR, the Johnson & Johnson Institute will be scaling access to our VR training platform quicker than ever before.
The goal: To make VR available to every surgeon in every hospital around the world --focused on anytime/anywhere training of procedures and ensuring our products are used safely in a way that’s more time-efficient, cost-effective and measurable.
“I thank the members of the J&J Institute team for their leadership in this space, “says Aldo Denti, Company Group Chairman, Global Orthopaedics. “I look forward to seeing us move quickly to implement VR into our professional education efforts now that we have the data to support it and how this can help improve patient outcomes around the world.”