MediSimVR, a med-tech company working in the field of healthcare simulation, has recently partnered with the Manipal University College Malaysia to provide advanced medical training to MBBS students in India.
Through this collaboration, Manipal University’s MBBS students will be exposed to Virtual Reality (VR) clinical training during years 3 to 5 of their MBBS using MediSim’s Virtual Reality Skill Training Simulation. MediSim conceived this solution to address the needs of the medical industry at the grassroots level. This technology has been fully functioning at MedisimVR-based skill training laboratory in Pondicherry, India, which is also India’s first laboratory.
The global healthcare industry has constantly embraced technology in its commitment to providing best-in-class patient care. Therefore, medical institutions must provide the highest standards of training in a risk-free environment to increase the efficiency and accuracy of medical professionals and learners. MediSimVR combines the benefits of Virtual Reality (VR) and simulation to deliver immersive learning for skill training and training for surgical tasks, thus increasing the return on investment in medical training.
Speaking about the latest development, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Manipal, Professor Dr Jayakumar Gurusamy, said:
VR provides an inspiring and immersive clinical experience for developing technical competencies, such as surgical skills for our students. Learning through practical experience by incorporating visual stimuli with MediSim VR’s virtual experience improves students’ interaction within the classroom and boosts knowledge retention with the enhanced clarity in understanding.
Co-founded by Sabarish Chandrasekaran, Adith Chinnaswamy, and Jeno Manickam Durairaj in 2018, MediSimVR aims to design the future of medical training. It is a part of the Johnson & Johnson innovation labs, Boston and IIT-Madras Research Park, Chennai. The platform offers courses like procedural simulation, virtual patient simulation, and surgical simulation with haptics.
Co-founder & COO of MediSim VR, Dr Adith Chinnaswami, added:
We are very happy to be working with the Manipal group, which has been a longstanding pioneer in the field of medicine. Being a Surgeon and well aware of Manipal’s medical pedigree, I see this as the perfect partnership to launch the first such fully automated Virtual Reality Skill Lab in Malaysia and look forward to maintaining the high standards MUCM sets towards its students’ education right being part of the curriculum.
Manipal University College Malaysia (MUCM) is a renowned private medical institution with a hallmark of academic excellence and an enviable track record in providing quality medical education. The institute aims to prepare the students for the humanitarian and altruistic practice of medicine and lifelong learning while aspiring to promote excellence in health care through research and postgraduate training.
According to Professor Gurusamy, Manipal would install MediSim’s VR kiosks at her campus to make it easily accessible to her MBBS students as part of their learning experience. It complements the traditional rich clinical experience our student’s experience at the hospitals. Harvard Business Review indicates a 230 per cent improvement over conventional training methods, and VR-trained participants are 20% faster and more accurate.