Friday, August 4, 2017

Talk at Serious Play on VR in Medical Education

I presented a talk on "3D Virtual Reality Using Oculus To Teach Complicated 3D Structures" at the 2017 Serious Play Conference, Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA on July 19, 2018. Here is my bio on the site.

My presentation at Serious Play was to approximately 25 clinical and science faculty members as well as to some in the audience who specifically focused on education in medical school. I learned that despite being technologically sophisticated and enthusiastic, listeners varied widely in their experience with virtual reality. They were all willing to expand their knowledge.

My talk focused on how to convey the value of VR to administration to aid adoption and purchase decisions. This issue was well received and perceived as a significant problem.

As we attempt to deploy virtual reality technology in medical education we need to look beyond interest on the part of the student but assess interest, enthusiasm, and actual VR experience by the faculty member. Administration and curriculum committee awareness of and experience with virtual reality is also essential to deployment but is likely to be low. A strategy to address these limitations is necessary to obtain support for the technology.

Please contact me if you would like to learn more about the talk or about the topic in general.