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@G4C HoloAnatomy: The Challenges Of Teaching Medical Students Remotely

Image credit: Games For Change Festival – HoloAnatomy Goes Remote

Another inspiring session at #G4C2020 today was Remote Learning with Mixed Reality, led by Dan Ayoub, the General Manager for Education at Microsoft, and Mark Griswold, Case Western Reserve University Professor. This session addressed the challenges and ultimate success of going remote using HoloLens, and how the technology could assist learners both remotely and in the classroom.

Mark Griswold, Ph.D., is the Pavey Family Designated Professor of Innovative Imaging, Professor of Radiology, Director of MRI Research and Faculty Director of the Interactive Commons (IC) at Case Western Reserve University. Among his internationally known imaging discoveries, Dr. Griswold developed Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting (MRF), a highly quantitative and objective form of MRI. At the IC, Dr. Griswold connects individuals in unconventional, multidisciplinary networks and applies visualization technologies to advance learning and solve society’s most pressing challenges. The IC is best known for developing the HoloAnatomy® Software Suite and other large, shared group HoloLens applications for collaborative learning.

When COVID began to shut down schools, Case Western University had an ambitious plan to continue teaching medical students remotely using the HoloLens. 

For the first time, instead of working together on campus, all 185 first-year students from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine have used Microsoft HoloLens and the university’s signature HoloAnatomy mixed-reality software, despite the physical separation created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This unfortunate crisis has become an opportunity to prove that we could extend the reach of HoloLens education,” said Mark Griswold. Students usually don their headsets and learn anatomy together in the same room on campus, but when classes went online, the university shipped 185 HoloLenses to first-year students so their education could continue uninterrupted.

The remote-learning application of HoloAnatomy that began in late March is believed to be the first of its kind in the world and the latest advance in the educational use of the holographic headset by Case Western Reserve.

Image credit: Case Western Reserve - Professor Susanne Wish-Baratz teaching her first Remote HoloAnatomy class late March