September 26, 2019 · 11 min read

The Secret to Better Medical Education: VR Surgical Simulation

Patients place their lives and trust in the expertise of healthcare practitioners. Wouldn’t it make sense, then, that quality education of healthcare professionals should be a top priority when it comes to saving lives? That’s where virtual reality simulation comes in. Virtual reality surgical simulation forges new and efficient ways to educate healthcare professionals without the added time and money it takes to train surgeons in real-time.

Using virtual reality surgical simulations to educate medical students will ultimately lead to fewer deaths from medical errors. A recent study from Johns Hopkins states that as many as 440,000 people in the U.S. die every year from medical errors, which are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. after cancer and heart disease.

Virtual reality is a platform that allows for the creation of educational content that can be studied and interacted in a completely risk-free environment. Multiple medical students can benefit from virtual reality surgical simulation training in one operating room together via telepresence.

Why Virtual Reality Surgical Simulation Works

Virtual reality simulation is effective because users store virtual reality experiences in a different part of the brain than other types of media content. Deeper learning occurs when the brain is tricked into believing the event is actually happening. Virtual reality training is considered immersive when virtual events mimic real-world experiences. To the human brain, virtual events are real-world events because the brain’s interpretation of the senses is the same in both cases. In virtual reality simulation, the brain interprets information from vision, hearing, and touch.

virtual reality simulated training session

One of the most significant barriers to medical training is the lack of space and time. Doctors can train only a handful of students at a time, and the ratio of students to experienced professionals is low. With virtual reality simulation, trainees don’t have to be in the same room as their mentors — they can equally benefit from watching and interacting on surgical simulation screens. The result of virtual reality surgical training through simulations is higher-quality medical training and a decreased chance of misdiagnoses and operating table errors.

Ghost Productions Is Your Virtual Reality Surgical Simulator Provider

We can design and implement technological tools to better train medical professionals. When surgeons are trained through virtual reality simulations, the potential for medical errors to occur is decreased, saving more lives. At Ghost Productions, we can help you create a virtual reality medical simulation to help you demonstrate surgical tools. Contact us today to learn more or start a project.