Osso VR, a virtual reality surgical training platform, announced on June 15, 2018 partnerships with top U.S. medical residency programs to provide hands-on training opportunities for new surgeons using VR. The Vanderbilt University School of Medicine’s orthopedic residency program brings to eight the number of programs deploying the Osso VR training solution. This expansion into surgical residency programs comes on the heels of the company’s success in working with medical device companies looking to improve training, encourage safe use, and increase adoption. Other orthopedic residency programs using Osso VR include Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Columbia University, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Harvard Medical School and Hospital for Special Surgery.

One of the chief obstacles to adoption of VR training has been the structure of the healthcare industry. Surgeons don’t feel they need training, and even if they did, who would pay for their time? The hospital? An insurance company? The government? All the stakeholders benefit from improved outcomes, but none think they should bear the cost. The one group that does think they need training and indeed pays for it, is medical students, interns, and residents. This may well be the sweet spot for Osso’s surgical simulations. The introduction of Osso to these leaders of the future may pave the way for VR training across the healthcare industry.

“Osso VR augments the apprenticeship training model the surgical education system has relied on for over a century,” said Dr. Justin Barad, Osso’s founder, CEO, and orthopedic surgeon. He was a video game programmer before he became a surgeon and saw how his old profession might help his new one. “It’s been proven that VR training improves outcomes for new surgeons. I had to learn through observation instead of experience. Simulation is clearly a better, safer, and more consistent way to accomplish that.”

“The experience of a trainee is completely dependent upon chance; the chance that their hospital cares for the number and variety of trauma and elective cases needed and other elements important to training. Using VR we can remove the variable chance while allowing individually paced learning.” said Dr. Jonathan Schoenecker, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

“At this point, we’ve found that the challenges around training are becoming so large that VR training is turning into a need-to-have solution,” Dr. Barad continued. “When 30 percent of residency graduates still can’t do the job they spent nearly a decade preparing for, something needs to change.”

By Charlie Fink | Forbes

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