The Atlantic, March 5, 2013
"Play to Become a Surgeon" is the study that resulted when researchers at the University of Rome took the teaching opportunity presented by video games more seriously than have others before them. They introduced play as part of training for post-doc fellows in their first two years of residency, instructing them to use the Wii for an hour a day, five days a week. After four weeks, all of the students' surgical skills had improved, as we'd hope would happen during their early days of training. But the students who had been playing Wii improved more significantly than those who hadn't.