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Medical News & Perspectives
February 27, 2018

Virtual and Augmented Reality Put a Twist on Medical Education

JAMA. 2018;319(8):756-758. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.20800

Building on nearly 3 decades of experience using virtual reality to build immersive therapies for patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychologist Skip Rizzo, PhD, is tackling a new challenge—training clinicians to more skillfully handle delicate interactions with patients. To treat patients with PTSD, Rizzo and his colleagues re-create traumatic situations that trigger intense emotional responses and enable therapy. He’s found it particularly useful for a younger generation of veterans who have grown up with virtual reality gaming.

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