Medic Classes Are Made More Memorable by Hugh Holograms

19 June 2013

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Medic Classes Are Made More Memorable by Hugh Holograms

Two London-based junior doctors pioneer a system which uses giant holograms to help medical students master their subject. They have demonstrated a 3D graphic of a kidney measuring 4m (13 ft) to demonstrate renal function at a "test lecture" last week. It was one of a series of animations they are developing. However, the University of London, which hosted the event, said it was not ready to be rolled out yet.

Holographic organs

Dr Kapil Sugand, from St George's Hospital, and Dr Pedro Campos, from Imperial College London developed the holograms. They said they wanted to make it easier for students to absorb the large amount of detail necessary to pass their exams. Medical students can typically study for six years in order to qualify and attend up to nine hours of lectures per day.  "Research in educational sciences has shown the attention span of the average student is 20 to 30 minutes, but these lectures are at least an hour," Dr Sugand told the BBC.

The holograms are all animated and can be controlled by the lecturer."The human body is a very complex machine. It's very difficult to comprehend and appreciate how a kidney or liver functions, for example, from Powerpoint slides." "This could be a way to teach surgical procedures to a large group of trainees quite easily," he added.

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