Learning Medicine with Google Glass


In another marriage of medicine and technology, the University of Michigan Medical School is piloting a program using Google Glass to help learning outcomes for senior students.

To help students studying advanced anatomy, the medical faculty worked with their information technology office to build custom software for use with Google Glass. Reference materials were tailored to fit within the Glass screen so gloved and gowned students could pull up the materials during practical sessions without having to use their hands. Materials include anatomical charts as well as surgical guides.

In future visions for the program, the university faculty sees Google Glass being used in surgeries. The tool can support surgeons in the operating room by offering guides for complex surgeries and complications. Glass can also record surgical procedures offering a first person view for future learning.