In a nondescript office building in downtown Palo Alto, I enter a conference room with the furnishings of a typical Silicon Valley tech company. Suddenly, my view changes, and I am transported to the inside of a brightly lit operating room, myself fully gowned and staring down at the exposed knee of an anesthetized patient.
I turn my head to the right, pick up an orthopedic insertion handle, and slowly step toward the patient.
So begins my meeting with our own Medgadget editor, Dr. Justin Barad, who is co-founder and CEO of Osso VR, a company that is seeking to modernize surgical training through the use of virtual reality (VR).
But what about surgical training that is in need of technological disruption? The typical training process for surgeons largely consists of low-tech instruction manuals and videos.