Immediate feedback is at the core of VITAL XR, with practical and anatomically accurate hands-on models that mirror some of the challenges experienced with real-life intubations. The direct feedback system isn’t solely focused on reporting a user’s failure rates. Feedback also means incorporating a highly immersive mechanism to provide tactile, visual and auditory stimuli that are missing from current cadaver/mannequin training techniques.
By placing the user in a customizable virtual emergency room with a mixture of real and simulated equipment, staff and even background noise, direct feedback in a safe environment becomes possible.
A large and highly integrated technological solution would seem scary to some, but Dr. Damji exudes excitement and energy when he talks about his project. “I know people will think that this project is too big, or it’s too ambitious, but I hope to elucidate that no idea is too big to conquer and as long as you love what you do, it will get done,” says Dr. Damji.
Like other Alberta physicians who have ventured into the realm, Dr. Damji started with no formal training in industrial design or computer science. His only true pre-requisites so far are his love for technology, passion for academic rigor and the drive to support his colleagues as partners in learning. “This interest in love of technology provided fuel for me to learn not only the basics behind each of these realms but specifics as they related to medical innovation,” says Dr. Damji.
His concurrent medical residency over the last five years has not been a barrier to technological innovation and, if anything, has been invigorating. Dr. Damji’s strongest assets are the same skills common in everyday use. This includes bridging diverse viewpoints, investing in relationships, and sparking creative solutions to inspire others to perform at their best. Although failure can be a disappointment, it is certainly not the end if we let these core skills guide the way.
Those interested in connecting or learning more about this project are welcome to contact Dr. Omar Damji at email@example.com or check out some of his early videos at https://vitalxr.ca.
Editor’s note: The views, perspectives and opinions in this article are solely the author’s and do not necessarily represent those of the AMA.
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