Hospital video conference room lets medical students sit in on classes from Halifax


Story by Francis Campbell

Every Tuesday, Richard Wang takes some time out from his duties at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre to watch a video.

Actually, the 26-year-old medical student from Dartmouth does much more than watch when he stops by the Truro hospital’s new medical education video conference room.

“I use it for my lectures,” Wang said. “They have the screen where they have a video of the lecture live. The camera is on me. I can make noise and ask questions.”

The lecture is coming from a classroom at Dalhousie University in Halifax but Wang feels very much part of the class.

“It’s almost like I’m there.”

Whenever another student asks a question, the query is picked up on a class microphone, “so I can hear their questions as well.”

Two big screens in the video conference room, which officially opened on Monday, allow Wang to take part in the lecture. Other students on different rotations have different lectures at other times.

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