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Response to the article titled "The role of smartphone game applications in improving laparoscopic skills"

Authors Chawla M

Received 19 August 2018

Accepted for publication 27 August 2018

Published 27 September 2018 Volume 2018:9 Pages 723—726

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/AMEP.S184496

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Editor who approved publication: Professor David Kandiah


Mehar Chawla

Department of Medicine, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
 
Thank you for this article by Chalhoub et al,1 which gave a new insight into the use of smartphone gaming technologies to aid trainees develop their surgical skills. This study is somewhat contrary to current ideas where a stigma exists toward smartphone and videogame play with reported adverse effects on physical and mental health.2 It is, therefore, quite refreshing and perhaps revolutionary to read that smartphone gameplay can actually have a major impact and potentially be part of a surgical training curriculum to ensure that future surgeons attain the right set of skills. This is something that has been hinted at by a previous study which explored the link between smartphone gameplay and increase in cognitive and perceptual abilities.3
 
View the original paper by Chalhoub and colleagues. 

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