When I was interviewing for medical
school, I learned that Case Western Reserve was introducing a new
progressive program using the Microsoft HoloLens to teach anatomy. That definitely
factored into my decision-making. We’ve developed a digital representation
of both the male and female body. You can easily see details that a medical
student needs to know. I didn’t think that any sort of technology could come
close to what we’re doing now in our cadaver lab. It was pretty incredible. The
way I’ve been describing it to people who haven’t worn the lens yet is kind of
like in Star Wars when Princess Leia just like pops up in front of them. Now
this human body is just standing right next to you. You could hear people like
in awe and then just saying like “This is so cool.” And what the hololens allows you
to do is see structures that would be really difficult to see in a cadaver.
Like the lymphatics, like the ductal system. I still don’t really know what a
lymph node looks like in a cadaver. We can’t see any of it. You’d certainly
waste a lot less time dissecting things. And for medical students who don’t have
that much time it’s very important to be efficient about their learning. We’ve
done over a dozen trials that have shown positive student outcomes. Students are
learning faster and it looks like they may even be retaining knowledge better.
When I’m doing like my third-year clinical rotations, it’s been really helpful
for me just because I can visualize it how I did in the Hololens and it sticks
in our brain. We’re taking this to the next level and adding animation and
physiology. We’re currently working with new partner schools so that more
students can benefit. We also knew that every school teaches anatomy a little
bit differently so we’ve made tools that allow you to customize the HoloAnatomy content to fit your needs. HoloLens is able to distill something
complicated and visualize it the way it actually is in a human body and retain
that information. I hope more people end up jumping on board. you