I have terrible visuospatial skills. It's why I could never be a general surgeon or a gastroenterologist, or any field where you need to work a camera in more than two dimensions.
Believe it or not, good visuospatial skills are required for interventional pain medicine. I did a rotation in Pain Medicine as a resident where I spent a lot of time in the fluoroscopy suite doing injections. And I was terrible at it.
One day when I was working with an attending named Dr. Contrast, I spent practically the whole day in the OR and the whole time was extremely frustrated that I never knew which way to move the needle. We were using fluoroscopy to look at the course of the needle into the spine and based on what we saw, used tricks to redirect it. But I just. Didn't. Get it.
Finally, I 'fessed up to Dr. Contrast:
Me: "I don't get it."
Dr. Contrast: "Yeah, I can see that."
Me: "How do you decide what direction to move the needle in?"
Dr. Contrast, bless his heart, launched into a big explanation of how to move the needle, equipped with drawings. I understood about 50% of what he was saying. I was just having trouble visualizing it.
Me: "Man, I wish I had played more video games as a kid. I'm good at math, but my visuospatial skills suck."
Dr. Contrast: "I know. I thanked my parents for letting me play video games as a kid."
It's true: when I attempt to play 3D games, I'm so bad at them, it's actually hilarious to the people watching. When I held the camera during surgery, the surgeon kept telling me they were going vomit (but maybe they say that to all the med students). And my husband won't play 3D Wii games with me, because he says I'm giving him a headache.
So kids, that's what you need to tell your parents when they tell you to stop playing those video games. Don't they want you to be a doctor someday??