Dr. Raphael Olaiya, "The VR Doctor", has released the world's first accredited Virtual Reality Assisted Emergency Life Support course and looks to further develop the use of VR in medical education.
The registered nurses, health care assistant receptions and two general practitioner doctors of Estover GP surgery practice who filled the room sat aligned listening to me introducing them to the world’s first accredited Basic Life Support Virtual Reality assisted training course. The staff members of this medium sized GP surgery based in Plymouth England would be taught the fundamentals and theory underpinning basic emergency life support and given virtual reality (VR) and manikin based simulated scenarios to show competence to the goal of achieving a pass certificate thus being licensed and trained to deliver quality BLS.
None of the course trainees had ever personally experienced VR before in their lives, their recollection of the buzzword which was VR was amalgamated from Hollywood blockbusters which in some cases was an easy comparison to surpass and in other cases impossible.
The previous 6 months of development phases leading up to this case study involved expertise from a variety of specialisms including clinical medicine, medical education, psychology of learning and instruction, VR software development and gamification.