For hundreds of years, dead bodies (cadavers) have taught medical students about human anatomy. In cadaver labs, students dissect, touch, rotate, and explore organs in hands-on experiences that make knowledge stick for a lifetime.
Unfortunately, these experiences are out of reach for most of us. Cadaver labs are expensive to run and cadavers are in limited supply, so non-medical students have to settle for secondary learning experiences like iPad apps and websites. These experiences are good, but not nearly as effective as the hands-on learning experiences students get in the lab.
That’s why we created CadaVR, a “living” virtual reality cadaver lab that emulates a real cadaver lab, minus the crowd (4-8 students per cadaver), unforgiving smell, and expensive cost. Not only does CadaVR let students use their hands and other senses to learn about anatomy, but it also has things that are not available in physical labs, such as a simulation of how the heart beats. (If you’re a medical student and you detect a heartbeat in your cadaver, you should probably run!)
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