Gulf Medical University (GMU), Ajman, has become the first medical university in the region to introduce 3D Digital Learning. The new technology brings all aspects of medical education; particularly basic medical sciences, anatomy, physiology and biochemistry presented in immersive technology in high definition stereoscopic 3D with 5.1 surround sound.
It brings stunning visuals which explains complex medical concepts lucidly to students, and also features depth perception. It uses virtual microscopy in anatomy, pathology, microbiology and new advanced sciences. The content, animations and 3D stereoscopy enable students to understand greater levels of complexity, in addition to helping students understand structures and how things work.
Prof. Hossam Hamdy, the Chancellor of GMU said that enabling 3D learning would provide a more enhanced learning experience for the students, immersing themselves in the complexities of the human body, viewing and analyzing medical sciences in new ways. “This will definitely help medical students understand concepts better, at the same time boosting their interest and curiosity in the field of medicine,” he said. “Medical education in the future will be very much technology-oriented, and GMU is adapting tomorrow’s technology today, so that we create medical professionals with futuristic outlook and skills. We are the first University in the region to introduce Virtual Patient Learning (VPL) technology which is a problem-based learning (PBL) application invoking critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and communicational skills amongst students by giving them authentic medical problems presented by virtual patients including history and clinical examination, investigations, lab results, vital signs, X-rays, and interaction with virtual patients to obtain information that would help them correctly identify medical problems of each case and prescribe treatments.,” Prof. Hossam Hamdy added.
Prof. Manda Venkatramana – Vice Chancellor Academics, GMU, said that the use of 3D digital technology in training GMU students would not only benefit the students, but also the professors. “In the long-term, it will also benefit all those patients our students will be treating during their careers, because of the superior understanding and knowledge this technology imparts to our graduates,” he said.
Gulf Medical University has always been at the forefront of implementing innovative technologies in its teaching methodologies. The University has smart classrooms for enriched teaching. GMU’s Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare (CASH) is a multidisciplinary educational facility that provides high-tech simulated and virtually created hospital set-up for clinical and communication skills teaching and training for all health care professionals. The University has already developed and implemented Virtual Patient Learning (VPL), based on the Artificial Intelligence (AI), which is the only patient simulation with high fidelity and authenticity.