SOURCE: Charles Bahn MD

October 10, 2012 06:00 ET

Charles Bahn, MD: Surgical Simulators Enhance Medical Training, Patient Outcomes

Surgical Simulators Allow Residents to Practice Their Technique Before Operating on a Patient; Charles Bahn, MD Encourages the Use of Such Technology

BETHESDA, MD--(Marketwire - Oct 10, 2012) - While operating on patients is what surgeons are trained to do, the first few operations are extremely stressful for residents who have never before performed certain surgical techniques or procedures. Traditionally, students have to practice on human patients in order to hone their surgical skills, which increases the risks that patients face when going under the knife. Charles Bahn, MD, an ophthalmologist in Bethesda, Maryland, encourages medical centers to take advantage of the technology that allows students to finely-tune their surgical skills before using them on a patient.

FOX reports that a new tool is being used to simulate eye surgeries at the John A. Moran Eye Center. By allowing residents to practice their surgical procedures before performing them on a patient, the center is improving both the confidence of first time doctors and the odds that the patients will undergo successful operations.

Dr. Mark Mifflin asserts: "What it does is allow our trainees, our residents -- these are MDs who graduated from medical school -- who are gaining experience in eye surgery to go through some of the initial steps of eye surgery before actually working on a patient."

The ability to practice before taking on one's first surgery is something that is appreciated by the patients, the residents' teachers, and the residents themselves. Zach Joos comments: "You're in a controlled environment here. No pressure; you don't have someone looking over your shoulder. You can kind of take your time and learn things as you go. As a beginner its [sic] really nice to begin to practice using the microscope, using both feet simultaneously, actually using both hands simultaneously while working in a really tight enclosed space."

The article notes that the simulation technology used by the John A. Moran Eye Center is expensive and was donated to the organization. Charles Bahn, MD believes that, even if purchased at full retail price, the investment in such technology is invaluable.

"I am constantly amazed by how technology continues to improve the medical field," asserts Charles Bahn, MD. "The use of surgical simulators will really enhance not only the patient outcomes that new doctors achieve, but the learning process itself. Can you imagine holding a surgical instrument in your hand, standing over your patient, and being nervous? Obviously, throwing students into the deep end of the pool, metaphorically speaking, is not the most effective approach if we are considering the best interest of the patient. A doctor who has performed the surgical procedure through the simulator, unlike the doctor who has never performed the operation before, will be much more confident in their work -- even if it is the first time they are operating on a human patient."

ABOUT:

Charles Bahn, MD is an ophthalmologist in Bethesda, Maryland, who holds degrees from Tulane University and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Through his practice, Charles Bahn, MD offers a high degree of care to his patients. Additionally, he specializes in diagnosing, treating, and preventing corneal and external eye diseases. Specifically, Charles Bahn, MD is interested in glaucoma.