Will the cost of implementing virtual reality programs pose financial hardship on schools?
Any technological upgrade at a school, including a medical school, involves costs, sometimes substantial. Introducing the computer into mass education involved considerable initial expenditures for the equipment, its maintenance and repair, and the obligatory periodic updates needed to remain current. The purchase by hospitals and clinics of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) equipment posed such a cost on the facilities investing in them.
Introducing virtual reality programs into medical education will similarly involve costs. How much of a burden on the school's budget that represents is dependent on several factors, for example, whether the state or federal government is providing funding for the purchase of the equipment, whether a wealthy donor is providing funding, or whether the cost of the purchase will simply be passed along to the students in the way of increased tuition. The use of virtual reality programs in the education of medical students will almost certainly prove beneficial to the public, and the costs associated with that education will consequently be passed on to the public in the form of higher taxes, higher tuitions, and/or higher medical bills.