The next generation of doctors' training

projekt-stepvr© THREEDEE GMBH

ThreeDee | Product Development 
Project Type | Medical Education 
Partners | Würzburg University Hospital 
Hardware | HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Valve Index, Meta Quest 2, Meta Quest 3 (Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest 3 only work in conjunction with the PC.)


Project scope:

Concept | 3D modeling | animation | lighting | shading | systems


About the STEP.VR project:

Medical students encounter various teaching aids and teaching methods during their training. In some cases, modern technology is used. However, there is not yet a solution that fully exploits the potential of virtual training methods. The goal of the ThreeDee team is to develop a solution that is fully adapted to digital training tools. To do so, the team is combining virtual reality (VR) with real-time simulation of internal medicine emergencies.

The project is called STEP.VR: "Simulation-based Training of Medical Emergencies for Physicians using Virtual Reality." In the emergency room of an amazingly lifelike hospital environment, students and young physicians acquire indispensable practical skills. Skills in initial patient assessment and work organization are also taught.


    • Employees :
    • 5
    • Shareholding since:
    • 2018
    • Participation rate :
    • 25%
    • Location:
    • Munich
The next generation of doctors' training

Dr. Tobias Mühling from the University Hospital of Würzburg is responsible for the medical side of the STEP.VR project. The technical aspects such as usability, degree of immersion and simulation sickness were investigated by the Chair of Human-Computer Interaction (Prof. Dr. Marc Latoschik) at the University of Würzburg from September 2020 to July 2021.

Together with the evaluation data from the seminar, the survey was included in the publication "Virtual Reality in Medical Emergencies Training: benefits, perceived stress, and learning success". It was published in the renowned journal “Multimedia Systems”.

Meanwhile, a randomized-controlled trial showed that learning gains from using STEP.VR are more sustained than those from conventional teaching methods. The results were presented at the 2023 GMA Annual Meeting (Abstract #213).

The first VR-based practical examination in medical studies in Germany took place at the University of Würzburg in July 2023. Here, feasibility, acceptance and item characteristics were evaluated when using STEP.VR as an examination station in the context of an OSCE examination (Objective Structured Clinical Examination).

Other partners who use and evaluate STEP.VR in different modes in student teaching are the University Hospital Marburg, the Westphalian Wilhelms University Münster, the University of Oldenburg, the University of Saarland (Homburg) and the Charité in Berlin.

STEP.VR has been part of the Autumn School of the German Society for Internal Medicine (DGIM) since 2021. Young physicians in internal medicine training have the opportunity to improve their emergency medicine skills in hands-on courses.


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