Precision OS has earned accreditation from a professional development provider of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada. The program accreditation comes shortly after the company partnered with 10 North American universities and medical institutions to launch a virtual reality (VR) orthopedic surgery training program.
Gaining Royal College’s accreditation allows the program to be used as part of continuing medical education (CME) for surgeons, who are required to take so many CME credits throughout their careers. CMEs consist of three primary parts: group learning, individual learning and performance appraisal. The program now satisfies the performance appraisal requirement by offering surgeons an immersive training experience without any risk of harming patients.
In a statement, Precision Founder and Chief Executive officer, Dr. Danny Goel, said: “Accreditation for Precision means that an independent national organization has reviewed our simulation and deemed it to be appropriate for a high level of education consistent with a formal evaluation of surgeon performance. More importantly, it speaks to the quality of education that we provide where a highly regarded organization like the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada will provide section 3 credits for users of this particular simulation model.”
Last year, Precision’s VR training platform received $2.3-million in Series A funding led by the international organization, AO Invest, to the end of creating “a virtual language able to add depth of understanding that simply cannot be achieved using current simulation tools,” according to Goel. Today, the training platform includes a number of VR scenarios that aren’t limited to a single type of procedure or practice.
As with any virtual reality program, user experience (UX) is important. Precision has made UX a top concern by seeking feedback from hundreds of practitioners who have tested and used the program over two years of development. This has allowed the company to make changes, as necessary, to meet the demands of exceptional training that provides a real-time appraisal. In a recent statement, Goel says, “We have iterated immensely and have focused on what our users want to see and not see. This has been the greatest benefit to receiving feedback. Naturally, the initial reaction of virtual reality is always positive, but getting past the excitement of this new technology is where the answer really rests.”
Putting feedback at the center of the organization has allowed Precision to remain agile enough to make changes to the program, quickly, as needed. Goel states, “Our product today is different than yesterday, which is the foundation of why feedback is so critical to our organization.” With so much hanging in the balance for the future of VR in medicine, Precision’s leadership agrees it’s critically important to produce esteemed, high-quality training content because a single wrong move could have devastating consequences for the future of VR in the industry.
Goel states that his commitment to using feedback will mean big changes for the future. In a statement, he said, “We want to learn as much today as we did two years ago about our content. The absence of progression would be a great failure given how advanced the technology has become. Several enhancements will occur as we build more and more content, including performance metrics and evaluation. Several aspects come to mind but the most important is whether we truly are preparing surgeons for their future? Every patient is unique so the skills we confer onto the trainees is of paramount importance.”