december, 2020

06dec5:00 pm5:30 pmFeaturedDeveloping and Evaluating Virtual Reality Simulations in Resource-Scarce Settings5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Keynote Auditorium

Speakers for this event

  • Rachel Umoren

    Rachel Umoren

    Dr. Rachel Umoren is an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington where she is the Director of the Neonatal Education and Simulation-Based Training Program and Neonatal Telemedicine Lead. She is also an adjunct professor in the UW Department of Global Health. Her research focuses on improving neonatal outcomes globally through simulation-based education and global health partnerships. She has published and presented internationally on virtual simulations for health professional education.


Event Details

Healthcare workers need to practice their skills to maintain competence, but this requires facility space, equipment and supervision. On the other hand, the high penetration of mobile smartphones and cellular network connectivity in many countries around the world makes virtual reality simulation training feasible. VR simulations can be engaged at the learner’s convenience with game-based automated feedback that is ideal for episodic learning. However, many healthcare workers in resource-scarce settings have never experienced VR training. This presentation summarizes the lessons learned in development and feasibility testing of VR simulations among healthcare workers in a resource-scarce setting.


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