Video games could change physician education, says cardiologist


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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A cardiologist has claimed that gaming offers great potential for educating physicians and could fundamentally change medical education in the future. 

The comments were made by University of Chicago Medicine cardiologist Atman P. Shah, who has been working as a physician adviser with a Chicago technology start-up to create video games for doctors. 

Advances in virtual reality mean video game designers have been able to mimic vast compelling and life-like environments, and they are now developing games which feature real-life surgical situations which offer users tools and devices that physicians would use in reality.

Shah worked with the company Level Ex on their latest game 'Cardio Ex' which presents interventional cardiologists with virtual cases they may encounter in the catheterisation laboratory.

“That might seem like science fiction, but it’s not," he said. "The convergence of video games and medicine is creating new learning opportunities for physicians, with apps that help doctors to practise difficult procedures via their mobile devices and even to earn continuing medical education credits while doing so."

While Shah does not see the apps completely replacing direct patient care training, the cardiologist believes these tools will keep clinicians engaged and refreshed.