Playing doctors?

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According to Game Journalism, there s a conference starting tomorrow called Games for Health 2004 that will "examine how interactive games can improve how the medical profession treats patients and trains doctors." Among the presentations will be one that "will look at ways to improve surgical outcomes through video game training."

Conventional wisdom is that docs would find game-based education beneath them, but I m not so sure. For more, read this article from wired.com. One quote from the article:

    It's only natural, really, that games would help doctors with laparoscopies -- that's when surgeons use a tiny camera and joystick-controlled tools to cut and sew. It's about as close to gaming as surgery gets.

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