Three questions with… Timothy McCann about the LVHN Division of Education grant
1. Why is virtual reality such an important part in the training of a health care worker today? How does it advance their learning?
Virtual reality simulations offer learners the ability to practice vitally important clinical skills in a safe and controlled environment, where scenarios can be played out multiple times. This provides them with the ability to correct mistakes and fill in knowledge gaps, so they can be more prepared when they encounter similar situations in the real clinical environment.
2. How much training must a medical professional undertake today that uses virtual reality simulation? Has it replaced text book learning in some ways?
Virtual reality simulations are not currently required, but we are working towards bringing them to a much larger audience. Text book learning is still a vitally important part of the learning process for a medical professional, but virtual reality simulations are a great way to apply their knowledge within the context of a given scenario and take their understanding to the next level.
3. The nearly $9 million grant from the Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust will be used, in part, to assist with making virtual reality programs and training more available for LVHN staff to learn from. Why did you elect to make it an important part of this grant application?
Past grants provided by the Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust have helped us design and develop virtual reality proofs of concept that have shown us the positive learning results of virtual simulations. Thanks to their continued support with the new grant, we will be able to take what we have learned and carry this forward to a much larger audience with much more sophisticated virtual simulation simulations.