Medical students at Oxford University explored human anatomy with the aid of 3D Organon

Students at the University of Oxford, UK, had the chance to immerse themselves in anatomy learning, with an innovative and technologically advanced method. The Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics (DPAG) utilized the groundbreaking 3D Organon software!

Anatomist Shamila, along with Samuel Showdon, Anatomy Teaching Prosecutor at the University of Oxford, conducted an analysis to evaluate the student’s experience. Specifically they collected feedback from 27 medical students and through their favorable responses, decided to broaden the participant pool. They introduced VR anatomy to third-year medical students who had attended a 3-week Principles of Clinical Anatomy course and utilized VR technology, to help them dive into deep anatomy learning.

Every student had the opportunity to self-explore different regions of the body in the VR environment, for about 15 minutes. They also were able to connect in groups and join the instructor in an interactive virtual lab session, by using the 3D Organon “multi-user” option.

When the students were asked if they think that VR sessions should be part of the curriculum, the largest majority responded enthusiastically “Yes”. Consequently, DPAG expanded the anatomy virtual session teaching by purchasing the 3D Organon application in the Michaelmas term 2022.

Dr. Sharmila Rajendran

Αs Dr. Sharmila Rajendran noted: “As an anatomist, I believe that a virtual reality platform would break the complex barriers to understanding anatomical structures and brings student’s Anatomy learning even closer. We recently used virtual anatomy software using the oculus quest headset with help from the centre for teaching and learning, University of Oxford, to provide a virtual experience to the graduate entry medical students. Students responded that the session was engaging and exciting and desired to have more VR sessions in the future labs. A combination of innovative tools and the traditional methods is a promising way of teaching that would be highly beneficial for the students learning.”

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