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Using Virtual Reality In Medical Education To Teach Empathy, Elizabeth Dyer, Barbara J. Swartzlander, Marilyn R. Gugliucci Oct 2018

Using Virtual Reality In Medical Education To Teach Empathy, Elizabeth Dyer, Barbara J. Swartzlander, Marilyn R. Gugliucci

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Objective: The project adopted technology that teaches medical and other health professions students to be empathetic with older adults, through virtual reality (VR) software that allows them to simulate being a patient with age-related diseases, and to familiarize medical students with information resources related to the health of older adults.

Methods: The project uses an application that creates immersive VR experiences for training of the workforce for aging services. Users experience age-related conditions such as macular degeneration and high-frequency hearing loss from the patient's perspective. Librarians and faculty partner to integrate the experience into the curriculum, and students go ...