LEE COUNTY, Fla.-- If you want your kids to become doctors, better make sure they get plenty of practice playing video games! According to the American Medical Association, a study showed that laparoscopic surgeons who played video games had better surgery skills. That's no surprise to one local surgeon.
By day, Doctor Moses Shieh is a skilled bariatric surgeon helping morbidly obese patients lose the weight before it's too late. But by night, Dr. Shieh just might be the coolest dad on the block. That's because he lets loose by playing video games with the kids; and the best part? It's all for the job!
"With the advances of technology and the surgery that we do, it fits perfectly well with what we do in surgery in the OR."
In the operating room, Dr. Shieh says it's more like a video game than ever before; where his hands aren't on the patient, they're on the controls, guiding the instruments. And his eyes are on the video screen.
"The biggest thing from the surgical standpoint is understanding the two-plane dimensional field and to be able to transpose it into a 3-dimensional idea in your face, or in your mind-- as you're trying to understand where the blood vessels are, where specific organs are, where specific nerves are and even though they may not be in your plane of view, it's the same thing on a video game."
And practice can make perfect, almost.
"You hate to say practice but in reality we practice medicine. There's no such thing as perfection in medicine. We're all human beings."
Of course, Dr. Shieh's two boys don't mind at all if dad wants to practice his skills at home. They just want to make sure they get plenty of practice too.
The study on laparoscopic surgeons and video games found that doctors who played at least three hours per week made 37% fewer errors. They were also 27% faster than surgeons who never played.