Holographic Assisted Lecturing in Orthopaedics

Dr Kapil Sugand graduated from Imperial College in 2010 with an intercalated BSc in Surgery and Anaesthesia. Alongside his clinical training, Dr Sugand is currently pursuing a PhD in surgical trauma simulation and educational technology under the supervision of Mr Gupte and Professor Cobb in the MSk Lab. As part of his studies, he is currently conducting research with multi-disciplinary team within a number of multimedia modalities to train safer surgeons and to ultimately enhance patient safety. He is the Co-Founder and Co-chair of the Holography Assisted Medical Learning and E-Teaching (HAMLET) group which has created quite a media buzz due to the innovative ground breaking research and has been covered by:

It is a really interesting and exciting project to be working on, not only because of the academics involved, but also due to the scope this application has if proved a valuable and reliable teaching channel. The initial study was conducted on students, giving them an enhanced learning experience from which objective and subjective feedback was collated to assess the impact and value of holography-assisted lecturing. It will be interesting to see if this new learning experience will actually become the ‘gold-standard’ in levels of teaching/presenting.”, Dr Sugand commented.

The team are not just looking at the impact this has on graduate teaching but how it can be used in the wider medical world too. Holograms have the power to visually communicate with greater immersive impact than other presentation modalities so it may facilitate patients being able to understand the disease process and management options more effectively. Something to watch for the future; but we could see holography used as a means of patient engagement, improving compliance to management and being part of the ‘pre-habilitation’ phase of enhanced recovery programmes.

Zoe Williams
Public Engagement and Patient Involvement Manager
MSk Lab

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