Columbia University

Faculty at Columbia University and Cornell University believe that outstanding health care starts with superior medical education. Through their affiliation with the hospital, Columbia and Cornell medical students receive training from both the schools' outstanding instructors and the eminent physicians at New York-Presbyterian.

In order to provide students a strong foundation in medical science while also providing extensive clinical training, both Columbia and Cornell combine classroom instruction with hands-on training at New York-Presbyterian. Moreover, the medical schools supplement the traditional curriculum with the latest knowledge and research, while also encouraging scientific investigation by students and staff.

The Challenge
Since Columbia and Cornell provide training both in traditional subjects and various specialty areas the schools need more than standard visual displays. However, their outdated visual equipment prevented instructors from using the full range of educational materials. Although medical videos and digital images can familiarize students with the fine points of health care before seeing their first patient, inadequate displays weakened the impact of these valuable educational tools.

"Today's medical technology gives physicians unprecedented information about a patient's health, from high-resonance scans to images taken inside the body," said Jeff Szmulewicz, Director of Biomedical Communication for Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons. "But without sufficient visual equipment, we can't present these images to our students effectively."

In addition, while the students could observe the hospital's innovative minimalaccess surgery, they strained to see the 20-inch TV on which images sent by the scopes were broadcast.

The Solution
Both Columbia and Cornell required sophisticated visual displays that could fulfill a variety of needs while supplying quality images. Looking for lightweight projectors that could easily move from classroom to classroom, the schools discovered NEC's VT Series. These trim, sleek projectors display large images that are easily viewed by students in a large classroom yet are portable enough to travel from room to room. Also attractive to Columbia and Cornell were the bright, detailed images and the intuitive design that enables even a first time user to present in seconds.

With NEC projectors, instructors at Columbia and Cornell medical schools display larger, clearer, more legible material - which makes learning easier and more exciting. The VT Series projectors not only make complex data easier to read and absorb, they also allow instructors to use many mediums. Whether examining a detailed diagram or a picture taken during surgery, the precise, vibrant images from an NEC projector are the next best thing to real-life experience.

"We try to give students as much hands-on training as possible," Szmulewicz said. "With the vivid clarity of NEC projectors, students sitting in the classroom feel like they're in the operating room."

What's more, the flexible application and easy set-up of the NEC displays mean the same projector goes from a pediatric presentation to a pulmonary lesson in minutes. And because the VT Series projectors weigh less than eight pounds, they can travel from room to room - even floor to floor - in a snap. The NEC projectors also are nearly silent, so they won't detract from presentations in small classrooms.

Even the operating rooms at New York-Presbyterian benefit from NEC visual displays. With new 50-inch plasmas, students can observe complex surgeries and see all of the surgeon's intricate movements.

At Columbia and Cornell medical schools, the focus always has been providing the best training for tomorrow's leading physicians. By equipping the brightest medical instructors with the brightest visual displays, NEC is helping Columbia and Cornell achieve their goal.

For more detailed specifications and connections, check out our NEC VT491 projector page.