Medical education is evolving rapidly as the technological adaptation in the industry is helping doctors or students to explore new and detailed ways to diagnose a problem. Virtual reality (VR) is emerging as a new method as it benefits the learners and educators by delivering cost-effective solutions that help in clinical training. Earlier in medical school, medical students endured hours of rigorous hands-on training in the classroom. They were trained with cadavers, mannequins, training software, and other hands-on devices that helped in training, but with the introduction of Virtual Reality, the training and learning became highly effective as it replicates the real world like never before. VR training has become so advanced, that several medical schools have introduced it into their medical training curriculum.

How is Virtual Reality changing Medical Training?

It was found that many educational institutions and hospitals were unable to provide a full-fledged practical course of study. The primary reason for this was because there is a limitation of the physical world that doesn’t allow the students and practitioners to learn quickly and go through all possible scenarios of medical practice to know how to act in real life. That’s why VR training has come to the rescue.

With VR, the institutions can create a world that is similar to the real world and which will help students and interns to train interactively at a higher level while allowing doctors to polish their professional skills.

Benefits of VR in the Medical Industry?

  • Harnessing Medical Skills: Theoretical knowledge is not enough for doctors as there are times when doctors not only need to know the procedures but they also need to perform the procedures flawlessly when the situation arises. With virtual reality, medical students can perform these procedures in a fully immersive situational experience. Moreover, not only complicated medical procedures, students can use medical virtual reality training for practising routine procedures that can be lifesaving. In addition, students can receive a real-time evaluation of their performance.
  • An experience of working in trauma & emergency: Working in the emergency room is always stressful. In a fast-paced environment that requires stamina, skill, and quick thinking students always fear failing or feel not prepared for the situation. However, with virtual reality, students can face the real-life situation of treating patients in the emergency room as the technology allows them to assess the patient, make quick decisions, and ultimately perform the procedures that will save patients’  lives and stabilize their condition.
  • In-depth and clear knowledge of the human body: With VR, a student or a professional can view a 3D picture of the organs which creates an atmosphere of a real operation. Students can explore a human body from the inside without real intervention. VR allows users to examine how organs work. The technology also makes it possible to trace how organs are connected throughout the body.
  • Building a sense of empathy towards the patient: Keeping aside knowledge and skill the key factor to becoming a great doctor is having a strong empathy for your patients. VR allows students to experience certain situations that a patient might be experiencing. Whether it be vision loss, hearing loss, vertigo, or other symptoms, VR can be the key for students in developing strong and necessary empathy skills.

Virtual Reality has a great scope in all the industries and Augment Works can help you to bring Virtual Reality into your business. With years of experience in virtual reality, we truly believe that virtual reality if used in the right manner can offer multiple opportunities to boost your business.

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Ghanshyam Sharma
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