Virtual Reality as a Tool for Surgical and Anesthesia Training

By May 6, 2019Uncategorized

Medical education continues to advance to further domains, and anesthesia training is aligned with this trend. In the traditional method of clinical education to become a specialist, aspiring anesthesiologists would complete two years of a standard pre-clinical academic curriculum, followed by two years of rotations, and a residency and optional fellowship. Physician skills were taught under the direction of a more senior physician in the surgical suite, and students typically learned with the increasing complexity of more clinical responsibilities.

However, questions have emerged in the didactic literature on the benefits of effective preparation prior to even entering the operating room. This has begun to shift at the medical school level. For example, in anatomy, a critical knowledge base for anesthesiologists and surgeons to acquire, many medical schools have now integrated advanced technology into the curriculum, which allows students to explore the human body and perform virtual dissections before they attend the actual laboratory class. Such technologies are improving with each year, to qualitatively positive results from students. Given such successes, virtual reality is increasingly used as a tool for education through