Training of Soft Skills for Surgical Teams using an immersive Serious Game

Expediente: 2018-1-ES01-KA202-050943

  • Organismo/Convocatoria: ERASMUS+ KA2–KA202-Strategic Partneships for vocational education and training
  • Coordinador/Responsable: Francisco M Sánchez Margallo (CCMIJU)
  • Contacto: Enrique Manuel Mediero Sánchez

Non-technical skills or soft skills are interpersonal (e.g. communication, teamwork), cognitive (e.g. decision-making, situational awareness) and personal resource (e.g. coping with stress and fatigue) skills that complement technical skills, and contribute to safe and efficient task performance. The influence of soft skills in the surgical environment has been under analysis for not a long time. They are of increasing importance in surgery and surgical training as a traditional focus on technical skills acquisition and competence is no longer enough for the delivery of a modern, safe, surgical practice. Vocation and Educational Training (VET) of surgical team members in soft skills is still a must for continuing education of these professionals.
On the other hand, Virtual Reality (VR) and Serious Games (SG) are emerging markets with endless possibilities in several fields. They have also great possibilities in surgical training, yet not exploited, as they provide immersive environments, where surgical team members can acquire skills neither compromising patient security, nor requesting the use of an actual operating room, avoiding the cost that its use supposes.