5 February 2022

The University of Nicosia Medical School is participating in the project ‘Curriculum Development using VR technology to enhance empathetic communication skills in future health care professionals’ (EmpathyInHealth) which is funded by the Erasmus+ programme (KA203 Strategic Partnerships for higher education).

The main aim of EmpathyInHealth is to develop a curriculum for empathetic skills development in healthcare practitioners and home carers based on up to date evidence and cutting-edge technology tools. The partners have written scenarios that have been developed into VR videos, educational videos and will be used for role play (Intellectual Output IO4).

On February 5, 2022, the researchers piloted the first day (Work Area 1) of the 3 day training with 7 students of the Doctor of Medicine and MBBS programmes (Intellectual Output IO3). The day involved brainstorming on empathy and presentation on the theoretical background for empathy in health care. The students had the opportunity to practice their empathy skills via  interactive exercises, educational videos and role plays.