Title: Virtual reality for training medical skills

Authors: Piet Kommers, Jan-Maarten Luursema, Steffan Rodel, Bob Geelkerken, Eelco Kunst

Addresses: University of Twente, Faculty of Behavioral Sciences, Division of Educational Instrumentation, PO Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands. ' University of Twente, Faculty of Behavioral Sciences, Division of Educational Instrumentation, PO Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands. ' Medical Spectrum Hospital, Enschede, The Netherlands. ' Medical Spectrum Hospital, Enschede, The Netherlands. ' Kunst en v Leerdam, Enschede, The Netherlands

Abstract: Virtual reality (VR) is becoming a serious candidate for a learning environment for complex skills like vascular interventions. The diagnostics, dimensioning and insertion of the endograft stent has been modelled as a decision-making process and now faces its implementation in a VR learning space. Beyond the topological and morphological aspects it is the orientation and navigation in earlier-performed successful interventions that offer the opportunity for a competence-based learning process before the candidate surgeon enters the clinical stage.

Keywords: virtual reality; medical training; vascular surgery; aortic aneurism; endoscopic interventions; conceptual orientation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2004.004581

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2004 Vol.14 No.1/2, pp.142 - 166

Published online: 13 May 2004 *

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