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KU School Of Medicine-Wichita Teaches Empathy With Virtual Reality

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KU School of Medicine-Wichita
Eventually, KU School of Medicine-Wichita will conduct studies to measure how much virtual reality “moves the empathy needle” among students.

Virtual reality headsets are allowing future doctors to 'walk a mile in their patient’s shoes.'

Through these immersive experiences, students can get a glimpse into what it’s like to have Alzheimer's, dementia or Parkinson's disease. Hear how this process is not only educational, but helps students build empathy with their patients.

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