Baker College Brings Virtual Reality into the Study of Medicine

A Northern Michigan college is paving the way for the state in the future of medicine.

Students at Baker College in Cadillac are learning how to perform surgeries on a virtual laparoscopic reality simulator.

Baker is the first in the state to have this simulator.

Surgical Technology Student Katelynn Brookes says it’s giving students a leg up in the training they need, as well as future success in the operating room.

“It is helpful because on this we can do procedures, we get to learn the anatomy, we get to actually view how it’s actually set in the body, so it’s a lot different than learning it through a book and learning it through pictures,” Brookes says.

All three of Baker’s campuses in Muskegon, Cadillac and Flint were given the virtual reality simulators this fall to prepare their students for clinical rotations early next year.