ORLANDO, Florida – The University of Central Florida is changing or better yet, shining the game for healthy students.
“Whether it’s our speech-language pathology students learning anatomy and physiology or neuromotor disorders or language development or our physiotherapy students,” said Bari Hoffman, associate dean of the College of Clinical Affairs of Medical Professionals and Sciences.
Hoffman led the project to bring hologram technology into the classroom.
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“It allows us to really broaden and provide a very deep and expansive repertoire of patient experiences and severity levels,” Hoffman said.
According to UCF, the school is the first university in the world to integrate this new technology. It was purchased for $ 75,000 with a donation from Brooks Rehabilitation.
“I thought about the opportunity this gave us to share patient experiences, more humanistic elements of patient care,” said Bari.
With the use of a high resolution 4K camera, patients from anywhere can “teleport” to UCF where students will analyze and learn more about their conditions. The lesson can be done live or pre-recorded.
“The idea of being able to have realistic representations of patients, their stories, their symptom profiles really just opens up possibilities to better teach and train our students,” said Bari.
For Lauren Bislick Wilson, assistant professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disabilities, the new learning method will help students who hope to become speech-language pathologists.
“Students have the opportunity to see the physical manifestations of the disorder and this is important because in a speech we hear a lot of what we are working with, right? It is perceptual; we hear the break in their speech or in their language or in their communication, ”said Bislick Wilson. “We can also bring in rarer populations that they might not see during their schooling.
A game changer in health education, the university said.
“They’re not limited to you know, a one-dimensional or two-dimensional video; they feel like this patient is there, looking into their eyes, telling them about their lived experience, sharing their symptom profile, ”Bari said.
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