Virtual Reality is Revolutionizing Medical Education

Steve Adubato goes one-on-one with Dr. Hamid R.S. Hosseinzadeh, Associate Professor, Rowan University & Orthopedic Surgeon, who explains how virtual reality is revolutionizing medical education, and how he’s using it to teach his students about knee surgery.

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"Steve Adubato here at Rowan University. It is my honor to welcome Dr. Hamid Hosseinzadeh, who is joining us to talk about a whole range of important issues. You're an Associate Professor at Rowan University, and an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Hamid, which is what I can call you for this interview right? Yes. Doctor, the whole question of orthopedic surgery and its connection... because we are here in this Virtual Reality Center at Rowan University, what is the connection between the work you do, and what we're about to see, in terms of virtual reality? Actually, virtual reality is a new technology that can be used in any aspect of medicine. Orthopedic surgery, I think, is one of the best fields for virtual reality. We are using the virtual reality technology with HoloLens for educating surgical techniques. Go back again. It's called the HoloLens? HoloLens. HoloLens? Okay, show... could we do this George? Let's take a look at what we're talking about here. This is...? Could you show us that first doctor? And again, this is what you would be wearing? Okay, you would be wearing it like this? Right? Yes. Andrew, our great cameraman right here, so you're wearing it like this? So students are able to see what you see when you're teaching? Yes, they can be seen. And what about right here? What we're seeing behind us? Is this knee surgery? This is a knee surgery. A knee replacement surgery. The preoperative part. That we are preparing the knee for beginning the surgery. This video comes from this GoPro... Oh that's...? Oh this is the GoPro? I'm sorry. Yes. Let's do this. Take a look at this. You got this? Talk about this. What does this GoPro...? And by the way, where is this GoPro on you? We wear this GoPro and fix it on our forehead, and capture the surgery from the surgeon's view. This is the only way that we can capture the surgeries with the surgeon's view, which is the best view for education. And you see in the field, this is exactly what the surgeon is seeing. Why is that valuable from a teaching point of view? Yes. The current methods of capturing the surgeries are using the cameras in Scialytic Lamp, and... You mean overhead? Yes. And they capture the surgery from above, not from where the surgeon is watching. You know, the person who is doing a job is seeing the best view, and the surgeon, while doing the surgery, has the best view of the surgery, and any tips and tricks he uses during the surgery is from his view, not from the Scialytic Lamp view. But when we use..."