VR Simulation’s Place in Medical School

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With the advancement of virtual reality comes many benefits. One of the most innovative and important ones, is its use in academics. As most schools do not have access to a real cadaver to practice on, VR and other similar types of technology provide a very effective way to teach students, particularly those in anatomy.

At Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, medical students are using VR simulators to study anatomy and pharmacology and work on virtual patients to practice their skills. The university has a Virtual Reality Learning Center, equipped with top-of-the-line VR tools such as the Anatomage Table. This virtual dissection table lets students learn about the human body from every angle.

At the University of Illinois at Chicago, medical students in geriatrics use Oculus Rift along with other software to immerse themselves in the experience. Samantha Bond, clinical assistant professor at the Chicago university states “VR is in this incredibly wild and exciting place right now, especially when it comes to education,” she says. “When you put students into that virtual environment, the subject they’re studying becomes a story about themselves. It can be an unbelievably efficient way to learn.” Add to that the fact that the technology is becoming more affordable, “and I think the possibilities are limitless.”

VR is steadily gaining way into the core of education, and it will not take long before it has a place at every university.

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