Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) – sometimes called Mixed Reality (MR) are becoming viable technologies for medical schools to begin using in the Med Ed curriculum.

UCF COM’s Educational Technology department is approaching these new technologies in 3 ways.

1st: Paying attention to high fidelity apps that are being developed for the VR and MR platforms that can be acquired and utilized to enhance current instructional activities.

2nd: Building custom low fidelity MR apps that can address specific instructional needs. The first app was created as a hands-free instructional aid for students learning to suture. More information on the UCF Hololens Suturing app can be found here.

3rd: Partnering with other institutions with similar resources to collaborate in the development of high fidelity MR apps that meet high yield instructional Med Ed needs to be shared with other medical schools.

 

Currently, UCF is utilizing the VR app titled “ShareCare” on the Oculus Rift platform to present to students in the Cardio/Pulm module several concepts such as Atrial Fibrillation and Aortic Stenosis.

UCF has also assembled a team (medical illustrator, programmer, and instructional technologist) to begin creating apps in the Microsoft’s HoloLens platform.  While the “field of view” for the HoloLens is currently very limited and the cost is a little high, future versions of this product will provide a more immersive augmented environment at a lower price point.

UCF is currently looking for other medical institutions interested in partnering to develop medical applications in the Microsoft HoloLens platform.  If interested, please contact Dale Voorhees at dale.voorhees@ucf.edu