A team from Southern Methodist University (SMU) use virtual reality to train surgeons in Zambia. This is a concret use of Virtual Reality Surgery Simulator (VRSS) developed at SMU with the support of the Medical Research Council (UK).
This cost effective device is easy to deploy in hospital and surgeons can use it quickly. First results are so promising then the project will be extend soon.
Virtual reality has advanced significantly in recent years. What was once mostly for video games and entertainment is now being used as a teaching tool — including for surgical training. Southern Methodist University Professors Eric Bing and Anthony Cuevas are leading a team that’s using virtual reality to train surgeons in Zambia to treat cervical cancer.