Holographic Experiential Training

Technology #2016-142

Surgical training using educational models generally involves explaining surgical techniques through verbalization. This training method can be ineffective for visual learners. Mayo Clinic investigators have developed an augmented reality environment that is designed to provide students with real time verbal and visual feedback. This web-based system projects a trainee’s view of a surgical model to an instructor at a remote location. The instructor can then visualize the trainee’s field of view and project the view of their own hands back to the trainee. The trainee can then interact with the instructor in real-time, receiving visual and audio feedback while the procedure is in progress. Visual prompts and audio guidance are also incorporated to further enhance this learning environment. This technology has the potential to provide an interaction that is unparalleled in the surgical training field and offers an enhanced degree of interaction beyond what would be available in an in-person training session.