IT’S ABOUT WEBSIDE MANNER: First-year medical students this time of year would normally be hunched over fomaldehyde-soaked cadavers, cutting through muscle and bone. But Covid-19 is upending that centuries-old tradition, pushing medical training into the digital world.
The students instead are likelier to be donning headsets and immersing themselves in virtual, three-dimensional dissections. Some wear “smart glasses” that display cross-sections of the body before their eyes. Others are taking histories from eerie-looking computer-generated patients rattling off symptoms.
Perhaps nowhere has the pandemic more fundamentally rocked education than in medical schools. Administrators who were already experimenting with these high-tech tools are accelerating their use during the pandemic to keep future doctors on track while lecture halls, labs and practice exam rooms are closed.
Out with the old: Educators say it’s the perfect chance to permanently swap out med school staples