Justification of Medical Cognition: A Virtual Patient Project

Abstract: 
PURPOSE: To develop and evaluate the effectiveness of a software application for creating and presenting structured case simulations to second year medical students. METHODS: Using ASP.NET and VB.NET, an application for computerized case simulation was created. This software was used for the teaching of an Immunity and Infectious Disease lab to second year JMC students and feedback was collected from the students using an online survey. RESULTS: Survey feedback from student participants was strongly suggestive that the exercise aided student learning and was a positive addition to the JMC curriculum with 86.2% of students selecting Agree or Strongly Agree in response to questions evaluating the pedagogical value of this exercise. CONCLUSIONS: Although still early in development, the application is a promising platform for enhancing the medical school curriculum by providing structured computerized encounters with virtual patients.
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Friday, 6 April, 2012 - 14:30 to 16:15