The Role for Virtual Patients in the Future of Medical Education

Berman, Norman B.; Durning, Steven J.; Fischer, Martin R.; Huwendiek, Sören; Triola, Marc M. (2016). The Role for Virtual Patients in the Future of Medical Education. Academic medicine, 91(9), pp. 1217-1222. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001146

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The medical education community is working-across disciplines and across the continuum-to address the current challenges facing the medical education system and to implement strategies to improve educational outcomes. Educational technology offers the promise of addressing these important challenges in ways not previously possible. The authors propose a role for virtual patients (VPs), which they define as multimedia, screen-based interactive patient scenarios. They believe VPs offer capabilities and benefits particularly well suited to addressing the challenges facing medical education. Well-designed, interactive VP-based learning activities can promote the deep learning that is needed to handle the rapid growth in medical knowledge. Clinically oriented learning from VPs can capture intrinsic motivation and promote mastery learning. VPs can also enhance trainees' application of foundational knowledge to promote the development of clinical reasoning, the foundation of medical practice. Although not the entire solution, VPs can support competency-based education. The data created by the use of VPs can serve as the basis for multi-institutional research that will enable the medical education community both to better understand the effectiveness of educational interventions and to measure progress toward an improved system of medical education.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute for Medical Education
04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute for Medical Education > Assessment and Evaluation Unit (AAE)

UniBE Contributor:

Huwendiek, Sören

ISSN:

1040-2446

Publisher:

Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins

Language:

English

Submitter:

Eveline Götschmann-Meile

Date Deposited:

12 May 2016 11:59

Last Modified:

10 Sep 2017 11:49

Publisher DOI:

10.1097/ACM.0000000000001146

PubMed ID:

26959224

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.80291

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/80291

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