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HSI Research Seminar Series: Virtual Patients as Educational Tools

Presented by Dr. Scott Lind, MD, Peggy J. Wagner, PhD and Christopher B. White, MD

DATE: Friday, March 6, 2009
TIME: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
[ Video Archive ]
LOCATION: 828 W. Peachtree St, NW - 207 Event Room

One of the ways medical schools teach patient-doctor communication skills is through interaction with standardized patients - actors trained to represent a medical condition. Unfortunately, standardized patients are a limited resource. The variety of the scenarios they can represent is limited by availability and the time and money needed to train them. It is also difficult to ensure that standardized patients interact with all students consistently. To address these issues, we are exploring using virtual characters to help educate patient-doctor communication skills.

D. Scott Lind MD is the Jarrell Distinguished Professor and Chief of the Section of Surgical Oncology within the Department of Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Lind is a fellowship-trained oncologic surgeon with clinical and academic interests in melanoma, breast cancer and sarcoma. Dr. Lind also has a strong interest in medical education and a scientific approach to the study of educational problems. His educational research focus is the development and evaluation of new learning technologies, particularly simulation, in medical education. He is part of a collaborative effort involving the Medical College of Georgia, the University of Florida and the University of Georgia to develop and evaluate virtual patients as educational tools.

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