Case Studies

Cedars Sinai Hospital

The Challenge

The advent of the pandemic posed a substantial challenge to traditional healthcare learning environments, which were significantly constrained due to social distancing regulations and concerns for safety. Maintaining the quality and effectiveness of medical education required an innovative solution that could adapt to the new circumstances and overcome the limitations.

The Women's Guild Simulation Center at Cedars-Sinai trains over 800 residents with 180 new residents going through onboarding which is costly and time consuming.

We've found it very valuable to observe a doctor's thinking process. The simulations provide a feeling of presence and it feels like you are in a room with a patient.
Russell Metcalfe-Smith, Director, Simulation Center

The Solution

Cedars-Sinai teamed up with Virti to create engaging, virtual scenarios for learners using 360-degree cameras, along with interactive quizzes embedded within the videos.

The learning experience was flexible and accessible, allowing learners to access the system remotely on a variety of devices such as iPhones, iPads, and Android devices.

This focused on digitising many of the existing course and simulations that were conducted in the simulation centre every day.

The Simulations

The platform provided a dynamic approach to remote education, immersing learners in simulated environments such as operating rooms. This approach allowed for interactive, experiential learning while ensuring the safety and convenience of learners. The embedded quizzes within the videos generated real-time, objective data about the learners' progress and comprehension, providing crucial insights for educators to refine their teaching strategies and enhance learning outcomes.

The Impact

Reduction On In-Person Learning


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The Results

The Virti platform led to a substantial reduction in in-person learning requirements by 50%. In what would normally require 10 hours at a simulation center, learners were able to achieve similar outcomes in under five hours remotely.

During the rollout of the platform, over 180 residents and fellows successfully navigated the system. The system's ease of adaptability and ability to receive real-time feedback allowed for rapid iterations and improvements to the simulation experiences.

As a testament to its success, an increasing number of individuals are utilizing the simulation center to create new educational videos and experiences on the platform.

Outcomes of the project were featured on CNN and in Forbes.

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