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What are surgical simulators?

Surgeons benefit from the use of surgical simulators. Surgical simulators – computerized systems that enable surgeons to learn in a virtual environment – can help students train, and give practicing surgeons an opportunity to learn new or practice less common procedures, such as those for the carotid artery (in the neck) or renal artery (in the kidney).

"With the traditional teaching method in surgery, you learn only what you see in your own hospital during your residency," explained vascular surgeon Rajeev Dayal, MD. "So you may end up with limited knowledge of how to manage conditions that you don't see as frequently."

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