VR enters medical training and subverts traditional education methods

- Dec 03, 2018-

VR enters medical training and subverts traditional education methods


In recent years, more and more fields such as education and medical care have begun to adopt VR-like training. VR training This new type of training can create a deep sense of immersion, allowing trainees to learn in a virtual environment, further improve their skills and provide more professional services.


The University of Nevada Reno (UNR) is working to train health care professionals through VR technology. Researchers use the Insta360 Pro professional-grade panoramic camera to record the entire process of teaching, and use head-mounted devices to let students observe and learn in an immersive way. More than 100 nursing and medical students have watched instructional videos, and VR training has become an important part of the university's medical curriculum.

Insta360 interviewed VR expert Luka Starmer and UNR's VR training project manager Ali Szarkzo to delve into the details of VR training.


1. Why do you think of applying VR technology to the training of medical staff?


The advantage of VR is that it can build a highly restored simulation environment, allowing students to experience the entire ambulance process in an immersive way, learning practical experience and coping skills, not just the theoretical knowledge gained through the lecturers in the classroom. In addition, the tension and pressure that are unique to this real sense of presence are not available in any video or book. VR technology can make students more familiar with the rescue scene and understand how to deal with the pressure brought by this scene. These help to minimize medical malpractice caused by human error.


2. What is the difference between VR training and traditional education methods? How does virtual reality make the training process more effective?


In traditional medical practice education, if you want to simulate the real situation, you often rely on professional patient actors or robot body models, which is very expensive. VR training is different. It allows teaching staff to teach at a low cost: recorded VR instructional videos can be played back innumerable times. The faculty does not need to simulate the actual situation through actors or robots over and over again in front of the students.


3. Why choose to use the Insta360 Pro Professional Panorama Camera to shoot?


We have tried a variety of professional VR cameras on the market, and the high quality, high price and ease of operation of the Pro professional panoramic camera have attracted us. In the simulation room shooting, we can control the exposure and white balance parameters at any time through the Pro professional panoramic camera app, which is very useful for shooting.


4. Are there any challenges in VR shooting?


For VR simulation teaching videos, how to improve the participation of learners when watching is a big challenge. During the filming process, the actors need to interact with the lens, such as eye contact, to create a feeling that the viewer actually feels in the room.


The application of VR technology in the field of medical training not only helps to reduce the cost of training, but also enhances the overall technical level of practitioners in the medical and nursing fields through 360° on-site observation and learning. In the future, VR training is bound to penetrate more areas.