The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences brings virtual reality to the classroom

Virtual reality arrives to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Virtual reality arrives to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
News | Academic | Docència
(29/11/2023)
Recently, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Barcelona has incorporated virtual reality to the classrooms, in particular to the Physiology subject of the bachelor’s degree in Podiatry. The Project, led by the lecturer Pepita Giménez Bonafé, brings new technologies to teaching in medicine and health sciences in a pioneering way in Spain.  
Virtual reality arrives to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Virtual reality arrives to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
News | Academic | Docència
29/11/2023
Recently, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Barcelona has incorporated virtual reality to the classrooms, in particular to the Physiology subject of the bachelor’s degree in Podiatry. The Project, led by the lecturer Pepita Giménez Bonafé, brings new technologies to teaching in medicine and health sciences in a pioneering way in Spain.  

Thanks to a software designed by the company Immersium Studio and virtual reality glasses compatible with this program, students can taste an immersive experience that allows them to go through the human heart and lungs in a 3D model. During this activity, they see how blood goes through the atrium and the ventricles and how it gets to the lungs before going back to the heart.  

Giménez notes that “virtual reality can provide the students with the opportunity to practice technical procedures in a safe and controlled virtual environment, and it allows them to explore anatomy in an interactive way”. Moreover, she says that “this type of immersive experience allows the students to explore and better understand the concepts and structures of the human body”. 

Over the course of this academic year, teaching with virtual reality will be implemented to the courses of Physiology and Human Anatomy in the bachelor’s degrees in Biomedical Sciences, Medicine and Dentistry at the Bellvitge Campus.  

The UB Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is listed among the top 50 centres worldwide for studying Medicine, according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking. This year, the UB has climbed six positions compared to last year, and it has reached the 46th place.   

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