Ready Surgeon One: Can Virtual Reality Save Lives?

Virtual reality and Augmented Reality are a big deal. With the new technology, you can be everything from a Jedi to a Pokemon trainer. Matter of fact, it was Pokemon Go which familiarized most Americans with augmented reality, but besides video games, there are some pretty promising uses for VR and AR.

Speaking of being anything you want in VR, Osso VR is helping med students and doctors become the best surgeons they can be with their virtual training environment. This isn't just a solution in search of a problem. Osso VR's CEO, Justin Barad, saw that technology was changing so rapidly for surgeons that they had a hard time keeping up with techniques and practice, without making live patients their guinea pigs so he created a virtual training construct which allows surgeons to get all the practice they need before putting you under for real.

  • Surgeons are learning how to use complex new technologies and do difficult procedures on the job and putting patients at risk.
  • Even the most practiced surgeons have to learn new procedures, but they have no where to practice except on patients. Studies show that it can take up to 100 cases for surgeons to be comfortable with a new procedure.
  • Justin saw this problem firsthand in his residency after graduating UCLA med school. He coded and created Osso VR to help surgeons better train.
  • Osso VR is working with many of the top orthopedic hospitals and device companies in the world. UCLA is using Osso VR.

For more information on Osso VR, you can check out their website:


*Special thanks to OWC Digital for the OWC USB-C Travel Dock which made this segment possible. You can find those here: Disclosure: OWC sent us a sample for review. The laptop being used for this segment had a USB-C adapter which died right before the segment and we didn't have a spare. We remembered we had the Travel Dock sitting around, hooked it up, it worked and the segment was saved! Thus the special thanks.