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Precision OS, universities partner for VR orthopedic surgery training

Precision OS

Precision OS has partnered with 10 North American universities and medical institutions to bring their high-fidelity Virtual Reality (VR) orthopedic surgery training platform into the surgical classroom.

The Precision OS platform simulates operating room experiences, from the virtual tools used to the patient anatomy. This is reinforced with user-specific metric feedback collectively to empower surgeon trainees to reach peak performance through repeated practice and personalized learning. Residents can practice a procedure under a variety of changing conditions, to ensure they are prepared with the skills needed to navigate potential complications in real surgery. Conditions such as arthritis and age can change the standard of procedure for surgeries involving implants. While it is not a guarantee that a resident will be exposed to such surgical experiences in a traditional training program, with VR it is.

The platform offers surgeon trainees the opportunity to gain more operating room experience than they typically would in a traditional medical residency. From minor complications to critical mistakes, residents can experience surgery up close by putting on a headset.

During and following a procedure, residents are provided with detailed performance metrics so they can assess their surgical skills in real-time and identify areas of improvement. This immediate feedback facilitates tangible performance improvements and increases surgical precision quickly. 

Several hundred surgeon trainees at 10 medical institutions in the United States and Canada will now get to experience this technology first hand in their residency programs.

Precision OS will be used for orthopedic surgery training at:

  • The Mayo Clinic.
  • The University of British Columbia.
  • The Sunnybrook Hospital at the University of Toronto.
  • The Pan Am Clinic Foundation.
  • Western University.
  • McGill University.
  • Dalhousie University.
  • The Boston Shoulder Institute.
  • The University of Mississippi Medical Center.

The Precision OS team are also collaborating with Dr. John Costouros, MD FACS, an orthopedic surgeon and assistant professor at Stanford University, to trial virtual reality for training soon-to-be graduating surgeons.

This will be the first time that this quality of high-fidelity and immersive VR technology will be used for such intensive surgical training.

“The next generation of surgeons will have to learn advanced skills and decision-making with limited time for their training. Virtual reality offers an impactful way to create value by improving surgical skill and reducing errors. Precision OS will deliver value to all stakeholders in healthcare: educators, industry, hospitals, insurers, and patients. The timing of such a technology could not be more perfect!” said Dr. Jon J.P. Warner, founder of the Boston Shoulder Institute, New England Shoulder and Elbow Society, The Codman Shoulder Society, and a past president of American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.

 Last year, Precision OS secured $2.3M in funding led by AO Invest, the venture capital arm of Swiss orthopedic education and research organization, the AO Foundation. The company has also been nominated for the Technology Impact Awards and was a semi-finalist at the Orthopedic Research Society.