One of the issues faced by medical students is not having enough practical training and feeling confident to start working on real patients. Even during a medical student’s practicals or a first surgery after becoming a surgeon, it creates fear for the patient that they are in uncertain hands and especially for the doctor that a mistake could lead to death. As a result of the advancement in technology, it has helped to alleviate this issue through virtual reality in medical training videos. Therefore, allowing doctors to make mistakes and practice without any consequences.
This medical training video entails a virtual reality headset and a computer-generated patient. This allows for interaction between the medical student and a virtual patient, as well as an effective learning resource. Moreover, virtual reality medical training videos provide professionals and student with skills and further techniques to enhance medical care.
Medical institutes have invested millions of dollars into this technology such as the J and K Virtual Reality Centre at Western University of Health Sciences in California and at the University of Nebraska. The centre at Western University stated that the virtual reality medical training videos resulted in increased scores on exams, better understanding of human anatomy and a higher interest in learning and engagement with the students. This technology allows for students to see structures inside by moving through layers of tissue, organs and wounds that can be enlarged for a detailed view. Rather than being concerned about preserving a cadaver and waiting on receiving a number of bodies for medical training dissections, the virtual reality tables avoid these issues.
Extending the use of technology, Dr. Shafi Ahmed used Google Glass technology to perform surgical training for 14,000 surgeons over 100 countries virtually. He displayed the removal of a cancerous tumor through 360 degree virtual reality. Dr. Ahmed combined healthcare and technology to expand learning globally, by using a virtual reality training video via video conferencing. Combining the two has increased accessibility to learning and sharing knowledge through an online platform.
Moreover, medical training videos can be used for a greater good. Dr. Ahmed collaborated with medical schools to share even more knowledge through video conferencing to doctors in remote areas. From a financial perspective, using virtual reality technology allows to reduce the cost of purchasing real cadavers in these areas that do not have abundant resources. Another benefit is that it reduces the time of travel for the trainees and the doctor providing the training. VC Daily established that video conferencing would let a doctor in training visit approximately ten hospitals in one day.
The advancement of technology using medical training videos creates a number of benefits. It won’t be long before virtual reality and video conferencing becomes a frequent method of learning and training.