Immersive Clinical Experience (ICE)

EdTech team collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of physicians, program staff, and students to create the virtual reality experience. 

EdTech combined virtual reality and volumetric filmmaking to support Clinical Skills at VFMP in creating realistic clinical decision-making scenarios for Year 2 medical learners. The goal of the project was to give learners the opportunity to apply their medical knowledge and practice their clinical reasoning with a patient in a low-stakes environment. During the pandemic, the Immersive Clinical Experience (ICE) gave learners safe clinical training opportunities when in-person interactions were limited.

This VR experience enabled learners to interact with a patient, formulate a differential diagnosis, and receive feedback on their performance. ICE was developed in partnership with the UBC Medicine VFMP Clinical Skills, UBC medical undergraduate students, Vancouver Film School, and EdTech.

“I loved the way we were fully immersed and given the responsibility of handling this patient’s situation. It felt like great preparation for clerkship and gave me a sense of what it’ll be like to manage a patient in a hospital setting.” – Year 2 Medical Student

By using Virtual Reality for medical training, learners engage in a highly interactive experience where they embody the role of an emergency room resident in a clinical setting. A compelling and emotionally engaging narrative moves the learning experience beyond traditional screen-based simulation approaches and innovates an engaging, interactive, and patient-centered approach to medical practice. Since its release in 2020, ICE has supported nearly 200 medical students each year.

Virtual Reality continues to evolve as a compelling learning technology and offers uniquely engaging educational simulations for learners.