Tackling Medical School Training Challenges with Virtual Reality

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PEORIA, Ill., Nov. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Even before the first cases of COVID-19 hit the United States, leaders in medical education at the Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP) and at OSF HealthCare’s Jump Education and Simulation Center in Peoria were preparing better ways to teach medical students and health professionals.
With the pandemic, the need for alternative training will become all the more valuable because medical students cannot always participate in bedside rounds or assist in surgeries and learn from real-live scenarios how to diagnose critically-ill patients and intervene in a variety of medical situations.
Dr. Teresa Riech (pronounced Reesh) is sharing a poster presentation at the Association of American Medical Colleges 2020 Annual Meeting this week. Dr. Anthony Fauci will be a speaker at the national, virtual conference for the association dedicated to Innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research.
Dr. Riech worked with a team from UICOMP and Jump Simulation and Education including: Dr. Matthew Mischler, Dr. Matthew Bramlet, Dr. William Bond, Kim Cooley and Jeremy McGarvey. They investigated the use of virtual reality as a training tool to help medical students diagnose critically-ill patients. Their initial cohort of 20 patients were volunteer medical students from …

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