Medical students use virtual reality teaching tool

Medical students use virtual reality teaching tool
Medical students take advantage of new virtual reality tool to learn about kidney function. (Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Students at NYITCOM on A-State's Campus are learning about kidney function, but not from a book or a lecture.

They're learning through a headset that uses virtual reality and gaming technologies.

It was developed by NYIT's Dr. Aleksandr Vasilyev, who is located at the main campus in New York, but he set up a temporary lab here in Wilson Hall for students to take advantage of the new technology.

"This is a very complex topic," Vice Chair of Basic Sciences Dosha Cummins said. "The more modalities we use, especially as a technology institute, the more we're able to emphasize some of the key complex components to the students and hopefully it's easier for them to learn."

The nearly 120 students taking the class have the ability to sign up for a time slot in the lab.

Student Shady Francis already tried it out.

"Seeing these things moving in and out of the cell and watching how drugs work in real time, it's pretty fascinating," Francis said. "It really helps supplement a lot of what you're learning."

He said he hopes this technology expands to other systems as well.

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