Virtual reality technology is starting to change the way medical students are trained and taught.
It allows for a more immersive experience, where hands-on training is possible without having to leave your home. Virtual reality is a relatively new technology and it’s still in its infancy — but that doesn’t mean that it won’t soon become one of the most important tools for training doctors in the future.
According to Dr. Paul Huber, who works as an assistant professor at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and has been researching virtual reality technology, it can be used for both teaching and learning purposes.
VR allows students to experience a clinical environment without leaving the comfort of their own homes. The use of VR not only provides more realistic visualizations, but also gives students an opportunity to practice skills under real-life conditions.
Virtual reality has been used in medical training since the early 2000s, with applications ranging from surgical simulation and patient education to procedural training and procedures such as laparoscopy and arthroscopic surgery.
The applications for VR are vast and growing every day. It could be used to train surgeons, dentists, nurses and other healthcare professionals so that they can be more confident about practicing their craft. Plus, because it teaches people through experience rather than just reading about it online or watching videos online like many other forms of education do now days, it’s much more engaging for students than traditional methods of learning.