Season Recap: How it started

Our belief in the power of gamification grew out of an experience we had during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Elective cases went on hold and with them went resident surgical training. We gamified robotic simulation with the Intuitive DVSS trainer (the "backpack") by setting up a round robin-style competition between teams of residents coached by attendings. ​

We found that gamifying robotic simulation training led to increased resident engagement, improvement and increased confidence in surgical skills, increased autonomy in the operating room, and interest in further training with robotic simulation. On top of that, training games were fun and helped to build camaraderie across training classes.​

Read more about our first competition in The American Journal of Surgery.