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Envisioning the future of medical education

Mixed reality simulation platform to significantly improve medical education

Seeking a new way to educate

The University of Pittsburgh medical school’s WISER facility was looking for a modern update to mannequin-based physical simulators.

Mixed reality offers a modern solution

WISER collaborated with WyzLink to develop a VR/AR simulation curriculum.

A better way to learn and collaborate

Wyzlink’s VR/AR–based medical simulation creates greater adaptably and accessibility, thereby accommodating students’ unique needs and enables increased collaboration and interprofessional development.

WyzLink was founded by a group of visionaries and technology enthusiasts, including serial entrepreneurs, computer scientists, medical professors with more than 20 years of teaching experience, and creative artists.

Among the first group of certified MRPP partners, WyzLink sets an example of riding the wave of technology advancements, while staying close to the pulse of the market. With offices in Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Shanghai, WyzLink works closely with Microsoft’s global partner and sales team, to successfully promote disruptive technological innovation in an entrenched medical simulation market in the United States and China.

WyzLink is committed to significantly improving the current state of medical education. Each medical simulation scenario has clear learning goals. Students can customize the learning plan according to their needs and practice the simulation scenarios repeatedly until they have fully mastered the learning objectives. The WyzLink platform provides an interactive, exploratory, experiential learning experience and leverages cloud and artificial intelligence to automatically analyze student performance and provide instant feedback.

WyzLink’s content platform scales to millions of users worldwide, supports multiple learners working collaboratively as a team, can record learners’ sessions on the cloud, provides automatic debriefing, runs on learners’ own schedules, and provides outcome-based learning.

Applying VR/AR to medical education

Clinical Reasoning Skills Training
Expert-designed scenarios with medically accurate simulations for clinical reasoning and differential analysis training.
Interprofessional Education
Collaborative learning sessions with multi-institution, interprofessional education (IPE) capabilities.
Low Cost, High Scalability
Flexible and ultra-scalable medical simulation solution serving thousands of users on-demand, with a rich content platform on the cloud.
Instant Feedback, AI Debriefing
Individualized, instant assessment; group performance analysis.

"MR simulation is the future of medical education. It addresses education and assessment challenges economically, and the students love it! Shortly, all healthcare professional schools will employ it.”

-Dr. William McIvor, MD, FASA Professor of Anesthesiology University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Associate Director of WISER for Medical Student Education

A new look for medical education

In healthcare education, students, for obvious ethical reasons, cannot learn by practicing on actual patients. Previously, mannequin-based simulators were used to provide critical thinking and decision-making experiences in low-stakes environments. However, physical simulators are poor semblances of actual human beings, are expensive, and, because of the need for rigid scheduling to accommodate the physical center, do not support interprofessional team experiences.

The University of Pittsburgh has four world-renowned schools of health science: medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and dentistry, and is home to The Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research (WISER), a world-class multidisciplinary training and research facility. WISER‘s mission is to conduct research and training programs utilizing simulation-based education to promote patient safety. As a pioneer in simulation education, WISER is working with WyzLink to develop a VR/AR simulation curriculum and is conducting rigorous evaluations and research in this field. The students and faculty have responded enthusiastically!

Wyzlink’s VR/AR–based medical simulation solution adapts to an individual student’s current skill level and is accessible 24/7, thereby accommodating students’ unique needs. Additionally, the multiplayer feature allows students to communicate and practice collaboratively and interprofessionally.

By adopting WyzLink’s mixed-reality simulation application, Pitt continues to be a leader in medical education. The University of Pittsburgh and WyzLink are collaborating to make improvements and add features to the application that will make it an important provider of medical virtual reality world-wide, with agreements in place that allow Pitt faculty to write scenarios that WyzLink renders for VR.

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