Simulation in Neurosurgery-A Brief Review and Commentary.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Neurosurgery is one of the most technically demanding and liable of all medical professionals. More than 75% of neurosurgical errors are deemed as preventable and technical in nature. Yet in a specialty that requires such high level of technical expertise, with large consequences for error, there are even fewer opportunities for residents in training to practice on the most complicated cases. Although there is no replacement for actual experiences in the operating room, interpersonal mentorship, coaching, and training, there is room to supplement residency education through simulation. Here we review the evidence to support surgical simulation, describe the strengths and weaknesses of existing technologies in direct neurosurgery specific and indirect simulation applications, and advocate for the development of more neurosurgery-specific applications using emerging kinetic technologies.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cobb, MI-PH; Taekman, JM; Zomorodi, AR; Gonzalez, LF; Turner, DA

Published Date

  • May 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 89 /

Start / End Page

  • 583 - 586

PubMed ID

  • 26704209

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1878-8769

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.wneu.2015.11.068


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States