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Skills in laparoscopic surgery can be improved by using proficiency based virtual reality simulator training. The performance level of novices was increased to that of intermediately experienced laparoscopists and operation time was halved in this randomized controlled trial.

The accompanying editorial says that early evidence in favor of simulations centers is promising, but integration with existing systems is key.

This video follows Sofie Leisby, a trainee surgeon, through laparoscopic surgery—from practicing in VR to a real life procedure.

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