Our project will bring proven and effective technology-driven learning to medical students in the form of virtual reality (VR). Medical students develop a lack of confidence due to the steep learning curve of the direct ophthalmoscope compared to other clinical skills at their level of training. This may reduce the interest in learning a skill, ultimately resulting in young physicians with a low proficiency after medical school. Traditional direct ophthalmoscopy training is difficult without proper contextual feedback where the trainer is unable to visualize what the student is seeing, resulting in the an ineffective transfer of skill. Studies also show that VR training effectively reduces complications in ophthalmic surgeries with new trainees.
我們的項目將以虛擬現實 (VR) 的形式為醫學生帶來經過驗證且有效的技術驅動學習。與其他臨床技能相比，醫學生由於直接檢眼鏡的學習曲線陡峭而缺乏信心。這可能會降低學習技能的興趣，最終導致年輕的醫生在醫學院畢業後的熟練程度較低。如果沒有適當的上下文反饋，傳統的直接檢眼鏡培訓很困難，培訓師無法想像學生所看到的內容，從而導致技能的無效轉移。研究還表明，VR 培訓有效地減少了新學員在眼科手術中的並發症。
The new VR system arrives at an opportune time with the onset of the global pandemic, COVID 19. With VR systems, we can avoid risks from patient contact, discomfort from a prolonged examination, unlimited access to practicing a new skill, access a much larger variation of diseases from virtual images and build student interest with technology. Lastly, the feedback from trainers will be unprecedented now that they can actually visualize and “see” what the students see. This will allow a much more comprehensive teaching experience and eventually translating to a more objective examination process as well.
新的 VR 系統在全球大流行病 COVID 19 爆發時適逢其時。借助 VR 系統，我們可以避免患者接觸帶來的風險、長時間檢查帶來的不適、無限制地練習新技能、訪問更大的範圍從虛擬圖像中發現疾病的變異，並通過技術培養學生的興趣。最後，培訓師的反饋將是前所未有的，因為他們實際上可以想像和“看到”學生所看到的。這將帶來更全面的教學體驗，並最終轉化為更客觀的考試過程。
Professor Wai Ching Lam and Dr. Nicholas Fung