Virtually Walking in a Patient’s Shoes—the Path to Empathy?

Carrie A. Elzie, Jacqueline Shaia

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Empathy is the basis of a patient-physician relationship; however, this is being lost by students throughout medical training. Immersive virtual reality that allows individuals to viscerally experience anything from another person’s point of view has the potential to reverse the erosion of empathy and improve clinical practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1737-1739
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Science Educator
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Empathy
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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