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Innovation in medical education: from study books to VR glasses

Leiden University experiments with Virtual Reality as a learning experience.

How do you translate the reading material from medical books to real-life patients? Doctors have struggled for centuries with that question. Virtual reality and holograms offer help. "After the wow effect, the learning experience remains."

One of the challenges of medical education is how doctors in the future can learn the profession without bothering patients and medical staff too much. But how do you study the anatomy without cutting anyone? How do you make a surgery room feasible?

The solution to this is in spectacles, says Leiden University. Glasses that you can take into the operating room, or glasses that add content to the classroom. Two pilots now investigate whether those gadgets actually make the students better doctors.

Read the whole article in the Volkskrant (in Dutch) here.

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