Console Monster reports that a study performed in the US has shown use of the Wii can improve the performance of trainee surgeons considerably.
The study involved subjects playing games such as Trauma Center: Second Opinion and
Kororinpa, which require precise manipulation of the Wii remote, for an hour before performing 'virtual reality' surgery. Those subjects who had played the Wii games achieved 50% higher scores in terms of tool control and overall performance than subjects who did not play Wii games.
The research team at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Centre is apparently developing Wii software that will 'accurately simulate surgical procedures'. Kanay Kohel, a researcher on the team, stated that 'The whole point about surgery is to execute small finely controlled movements with your hands, and that is exactly what you get with the Wii.'
Apparently the Wii is cheap enough that it could be utilised in countries where more advanced training technologies are un-affordable.