Many medical schools are looking to utilize virtual reality (VR); however, due to its novelty, we know little about how VR can be effectively used in medical education. This study evaluates a case-centered VR task that supported students with learning peripheral and collateral circulation, anatomical features that are not easily observed in cadavers. Data sources included a quiz, survey, and focus group. Based on quantitative and qualitative analyses, we support the claim that this activity was an effective use of VR and identify features that made it effective, which can guide other educators who are interested in developing VR activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-22
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Science Educator
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2021


  • Active learning
  • Cardiology
  • Clinical vignette
  • Preclinical
  • Undergraduate Medical Education
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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