How a fine melody might make you a better surgeon
Ruth Steer |
Music can be a great motivator; it’s why runners listen to it as they pound the pavement and why the Rocky III training montage features the iconic “Eye of the Tiger.” And according to new research, it might also improve the surgical skills of ophthalmologists.
There is a connection between music and cognitive abilities – the so-called ‘Mozart effect’, but how music might affect surgical skills is not well understood. “My colleague and I had always had a passion for music and played it in our operating rooms,” says Ralph Kyrillos, lead author on the associated paper (1). “We’d noticed that preference to operate with music, and opinions on the effect of music on surgical skill varied widely between surgeons. When our hospital acquired an EyeSi simulator we saw an opportunity to actually measure the impact of music on microsurgery.”
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- R Kyrillos and M Caissie. “Effect of music on surgical skill during simulated intraocular surgery”, Can J Ophthalmol, 52, 538–542 (2017). PMID: 29217019.