Educational technology has been around since the 1920s, when a simple turn on your radio’s dial would allow you to listen to an on-air class. Today, medical students and doctors are only one app download away from so much more than a simple class. With digital technology on the rise, we have compiled a few programs that are changing the way students can learn content for the first time, and also how seasoned doctors can brush up on their skills.
To develop your robotics skills, while discovering new techniques, Intuitive Surgical offers a free online program to practitioners, healthcare personnel or resident/fellows. However, this community is restricted to members who own or are in the process of owning a da Vinci Surgery System.
In an operating room, the surgeon must rely on the operative team members due to the physical separation from the patient and the surgeon. This free training module was created to improve clear communication during surgery.
With the use of Microsoft’s HoloLens, the Vimedix ultrasound simulator displays anatomy that can be enlarged, turned, rotated or commanded to return to the mannequin’s body. This process allows the user to view the interrelatedness of all of its structures. This is one of many devices preparing students and surgeons for real-life scenarios, but this one is fully immersive.
This is an interactive, virtual model of the human body that gives users the ability to understand complex health information. With over a million and a half users, the platform has become one the most useful tools for people wanting to learn more about human anatomy. Biodigital has also collaborated with Johns Hopkins Medicine to create the flagship Muscle Anatomy app, allowing users to explore anatomy applications in a medically accurate setting.
For both medical students and licensed physicians looking to put their diagnostic abilities to the test, this app runs through more than 600 case scenarios in 30 specialties. The scenarios help users assess their clinical knowledge by identifying multiple causes for illnesses, including current endemic and epidemic trends.
Using technology to for medical education is a vital component of the services that the Nicholson Center provides. From high-tech mannequins to robotic-assisted surgery simulation, we strive to continue moving healthcare learning techniques forward.