Medical Training Augmented by Virtual Reality

Imagine you’re a medical student learning how to treat a car-accident victim just rushed into the emergency room. The simulated hospital scene is set. Your patient’s injuries are serious. The environment is chaotic. Nurses, technicians and physician assistants are peppering you with questions. Time is critical. Urgency is depicted in the overlapping voices and painful wails of the patient. Your training mission is to stay focused and synthesise the facts most pertinent to help prioritise your action steps. You must collect patient data, assess the situation, decide a course of action and act. But this chaotic scene isn’t taking place in some makeshift ER. You’re in a virtual-reality environment. The chaotic scene you’re immersed in is video simulated. Critical errors will do no real harm. Your VR trainer will point…

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