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A visit with Dr. Sami Kilic
by Jim and Lynda Guidry
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Dr. Sami Kilic, associate professor and director of minimally invasive gynecology in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, visited recently with Guidry News Service about research he conducted on an innovative approach to training. Listen

Dr. Kilic's study was to determine whether skills used by young video game enthusiasts can be used to teach surgeons-in-training for robotic
laparoscopic surgery. 

“Bottom line, we are trying to minimize the surgical impacts on the female’s health,” Dr. Kilic explained.

Laparoscopic surgery, a minimally invasive surgical technique, in which operations are performed through small incisions, has been around for three decades, but the introductions of remote controlled robotic procedures requires new skills by the surgeons.

Dr. Kilic credits his son, a skilled video game player, with the inspiration for his study, during a demonstration of a robotic simulator at a medical convention.  He explained that his son was with him that day by chance. 

“We were all taking turns and looking at how easy it is to use this instrument and we all got very impressed with one of the surgeon’s skills while he was doing the drills; and we said ‘wow, this is a good surgeon!” Dr. Kilic recalled.  “And when we turned back to see who was sitting at the console; it was actually my son.”

Thus, Dr. Kilic launched the UTMB study to measure the competency of 10th grade high school students, students from Texas A&M University and UTMB residents.  He said the best results were seen in students who played video games up to two hours daily and not those who played four hours daily.

The information gained from the study is being included in a text book on robotic surgery that Dr. Kilic is writing.

In concluding the interview Dr. Kilic said that he is concerned that women, who make less money than men, do not get the full benefits of today’s medical advances.

“When you make less money, your health insurance is going to provide less coverage,” he said.  “Right now, over 96 percent of prostatectomies are done  robotically in this country, but only 20 percent of hysterectomies are done robotically, or laproscropically – minimally invasively.

He encourages women to demand the best medical service.

For the official UTMB news release on Dr. Kilic’s research Click Here

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