Alexander Aleem, MD, FAOA, interviewed Dr. Danny P. Goel, CEO of PrecisionOS, who currently practices in Vancouver, B.C. and is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of British Columbia, to discuss the role of virtual reality training and surgical simulation in orthopaedics.

Virtual Reality (VR) training is impacting orthopaedics for both residents and educators. The ease of access and affordability of virtual reality education allows residents to practice and be better prepared in the OR, while also allowing the educators to assess the resident’s performance and teach them the best habits and actions to operate at the highest level. While typical training methods give haptic feedback to residents, virtual reality allows both haptic and real data feedback to assess competency. In addition to the different types of feedback that VR provides, it also can help foster mentorship both live or on demand, which helps promote a synchronous learning experience for the mentor and mentee. Dr. Goel expresses his excitement and optimism about the future role that VR and AI will play in the world of orthopaedics to provide the best training to future orthopaedic surgeons.