Virtual Reality in Medical Education

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“I would like to say we appreciate the donated Freefly VR headsets and it worked well for our purposes. My colleague, Dr. Madrigal, and I have been working on educational content for gross processing of surgical specimens. We presented our project at the Annual USCAP Convention in Seattle, WA. Our presentation, entitled “Introducing a Virtual Reality Experience in Anatomic Pathology Education,” which was one of few academic projects to be accepted by USCAP. This convention is the largest pathology and laboratory medicine meeting in America with thousands of physicians, residents, and laboratory personnel from over US and even the internationally. The Freefly was used during our presentation and it was quick and easy to throw my smartphone into the head set for demonstrations. The remote was also useful in controlling my smartphone, while the viewer was watching our content.” -Dr. Shyam

Let’s start with a quick summary of what gross processing is. When a surgeon removes an organ from a patient, that organ is then sent to us in the surgical pathology department where they describe, dissect, and then take sections of the specimen. The sections are then used to produce slides for microscopic diagnosis by the pathologist. Dr. Prajapati and Dr Madrigal’s project intends to help train pathology residents in gross processing by creating immersive instructional content in stereoscopic 3D.

Dr. Madrigal and Dr.Prajapati are both residents in the Mount Sinai Hospital System here in Manhattan, NY and they see now firsthand how important it is to properly and efficiently train residents for patient care. They are confident that virtual reality WILL change education for the better. Medical education may potentially pose risk to the patient, as residents gain valuable experience and by receiving immersive training prior to stepping into the hospital will hopefully mitigate this risk. We envision quality medical education to become more accessible with these technologies and will ultimately lead to better patient care.

If you would like to learn more about Dr. Prajapati’s and Dr. Madrigal’s work visit

Follow Doctor Pajapati on Twitter: @Shyam_DO and Dr. Madrigal at (@EMadrigalDO)


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