ERIC Number: EJ825845
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec-12
Reference Count: 0
Can Virtual Patients Help Real Professors Teach Medicine?
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n16 pA6 Dec 2008
This article reports MyCaseSpace, a Web-based program used to present clinical cases to students in health-related professions to test their critical thinking skills. The creator of MyCaseSpace, David Segal, an assistant professor in the College of Health and Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida, has created various characters to look as realistic as possible. The interaction between the students and the virtual patients, he said, keeps students more engaged and allows professors to better assess the different paths students take through cases. Critics say that important interactions between professors and students are lost when education takes place primarily on a screen, noting that there has been no research showing that students do learn more using this program.
Descriptors: Patients, Computer Simulation, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Clinical Experience, Virtual Classrooms, Science Process Skills, Instructional Innovation, Medical Students
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