Project Title

Assessing Virtual and Augmented Reality Training for Paramedic Students

Authors' Affiliations

Jarred Millard, MD Candidate, Class of 2023, Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN Dr. Stephen Brock Blankenship, Office of Academic Affairs, Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN Andrew Berry, Office of Academic Affairs, Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

Location

Culp Ballroom

Start Date

4-7-2022 9:00 AM

End Date

4-7-2022 12:00 PM

Poster Number

15

Faculty Sponsor’s Department

Other - please list

College of Medicine

Name of Project's Faculty Sponsor

Stephen Blankenship

Classification of First Author

Medical Student

Competition Type

Competitive

Type

Poster Presentation

Project's Category

Other Medical

Abstract or Artist's Statement

Abstract: Over the past decade much attention has been directed towards futuristic training models. It is felt by many that virtual (VR) and augmented (AR) reality training modules can be tailored to medical training. Virtual and augmented reality training can be utilized to teach important critical thinking as well as procedural proficiency. VR/AR may also be used to ensure longitudinal goals are maintained as training curriculums are altered. As educators and researchers see the value of VR/AR training, the question remains, do the participants find value in VR/AR training? In this study, we looked at the learner perspective of 23 paramedic students who recently completed a National Registry Paramedic-approved curriculum. Overall, 87% of paramedic students felt the VR/AR experience provided was beneficial to their training. Given the high rate of value applied to this training by the students, we feel additional studies and VR/AR training should be tailored to paramedic education during initial and proficiency training events.

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Assessing Virtual and Augmented Reality Training for Paramedic Students

Culp Ballroom

Abstract: Over the past decade much attention has been directed towards futuristic training models. It is felt by many that virtual (VR) and augmented (AR) reality training modules can be tailored to medical training. Virtual and augmented reality training can be utilized to teach important critical thinking as well as procedural proficiency. VR/AR may also be used to ensure longitudinal goals are maintained as training curriculums are altered. As educators and researchers see the value of VR/AR training, the question remains, do the participants find value in VR/AR training? In this study, we looked at the learner perspective of 23 paramedic students who recently completed a National Registry Paramedic-approved curriculum. Overall, 87% of paramedic students felt the VR/AR experience provided was beneficial to their training. Given the high rate of value applied to this training by the students, we feel additional studies and VR/AR training should be tailored to paramedic education during initial and proficiency training events.