Researchers Collaborate on Virtual Human for Use in Medical Education

The faculties of Medicine and Science at the University of Calgary have collaborated to produce LINDSAY, an interactive teaching tool named for a medical student who died in an automobile accident.

Their hope is that the new software will change the way medical education is delivered.

Named after Dr. Lindsay Kimmett, the interactive software uses various touch interfaces and can be used with big screens in addition to small, hand-held devices.

Christian Jacob, a professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary, helped design the software with researchers in the Faculty of Medicine. (Credit: Riley Brandt, University of Calgary)

“There’s a real gap between textbook anatomy and what students see in real life – the LINDSAY software connects the dots between the classroom and real life. Students have been really enthusiastic and it seems to improve their ability to make the connections we are asking. It pulls everything in and provides a much more engaging learning experience.”

— Heather Jamniczky, assistant professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary

A separate software application allows educators to make 3D slides.

The LYNDSAY software may soon be available as a downloadable app.

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Learn more at http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-07/uoc-ltf071612.php

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2 thoughts on “Researchers Collaborate on Virtual Human for Use in Medical Education”

  1. I don’t have numbers immediately available, but the shortage of doctors across the globe must be an ongoing concern. This breakthrough will hopefully do exactly as Heather Jamniczky describes in the article… “bridge the gap between classroom and real life.”

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