Medical Advancements To Look Forward To This Year #3: Holograms
3. Holograms in Medical Education
Along with the fast-paced growth of technologies and initiatives taking place for the enhanced expertise and patient care of currently practicing physicians in the field, growth is likewise comparable for our up and coming medical students.
Medical education has changed quite significantly over the decades, from a system of apprenticeship to a widely renowned infrastructure of accredited education. However, the invention of 3D holograms and their potential applicability in teaching young physicians-to-be may likely rise as one of the most exciting avenues in existence today. Human anatomy is one of the primary fields that has been investigated for the use of 3D holograms as an added supplement to enhance the understanding and preparation of students.
In addition to carrying out dissections on cadavers in formaldehyde-scented laboratories, students have the opportunity to manipulate and view the human body in various dimensions, from different angles, and in unique planes previously impossible without the hologram interface. Case Western Reserve University Medical School has been one of the biggest proponents of this initiative, hoping to incorporate 3D holograms into their curriculum as early as 2019. And human anatomy is just a starting point!
However, along with every invention comes certain skepticism. While this novel, cutting-edge technology may perhaps prove to be a superior tool over the long-established dissection-based practice, will our next generation of physicians lose that sense of tactile learning from cadavers? Speaking from personal experience, I have certainly enjoyed my time in the anatomy lab, spending hours dissecting my cadaver, physically feeling every nerve and blood vessel, manipulating muscles to understand movement, and appreciating the intricacies of the human body.
At the same time, I have utilized resources depicting human anatomy in 3D in order to better understand the organization of structures without the risk of permanently disturbing anything.
For now, we’ll just have to wait and see what the 3D hologram brings to medical education (and perhaps what it takes away).
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