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Institute for Innovations in Medical Education Digital Experience Program Virtual & Augmented Reality

Virtual & Augmented Reality

World-changing technologies like virtual and augmented realities (VR/AR) are poised to redefine and diversify the ways in which we train physicians. VR/AR captures the advantages of mobile technologies, high-resolution graphics, and low-barrier natural interfaces for the visualization of complex systems and realistic simulations.

Developing the next generation of innovative and advanced practice using VR/AR is no small task, and we are excited about our initial integrations into the curriculum. The dedication and expertise of our faculty at NYU Langone are crucial to develop and implement the technology here. Our faculty development workshops that introduce educational technology are designed to keep our community informed of the latest advancements.

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At the heart of our VR/AR push are photorealistic renderings of anatomy.

Reimagining Anatomy

Our Living Anatomy course moves away from traditional cadaveric dissection and integrates clinically relevant training while leveraging emerging technologies to solve problems in the learning space. The course includes the following experiences:

  • photorealistic scanned cadavers and specimens and digital atlases providing students with greater access to anatomy content throughout the curriculum and a better understanding of the spatial relationships of anatomical structures
  • use of our radiology record system that gives students a better understanding of normal anatomy, disease, and exposure to how anatomical knowledge is part of practice
  • lectures from NYU Langone surgical faculty who discuss how they use anatomy in their work
  • three-dimensional printed structures for more hands-on, tactile experiences with difficult anatomical structures
  • faculty creation of three-dimensional models and VR/AR exercises


At the heart of CHIIMERA lies the institute's unwavering commitment to revolutionizing medical education. We have not only made significant strides in our own educational endeavors but are also poised to share these groundbreaking innovations with institutions worldwide. Leading our offerings in this new venture is our advanced 3D anatomy module, a testament to our expertise in harnessing the power of 3D, extended reality, artificial intelligence, and accessible learning resources to provide a clinically focused anatomy curriculum. Visit our marketplace to learn more.

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Kristen Ramirez, MPhil, Content Expert and Product Manager

Ms. Ramirez applies her experience in undergraduate university and medical education to develop novel and innovative educational tools and resources. She explores how digital 3D teaching resources enhance student learning, and how the design of immersive virtual spaces contributes to student understanding and retention. As an anatomy faculty member at NYU Grossman School of Medicine she deploys advanced technological resources throughout the pre-clerkship curriculum.