Today’s students demand interactive, hands-on clinical training tools to give them the preparation they need to succeed. A recent global impact study assessed the perceived value and effectiveness of one such tool, virtual patient simulators (VPS), on a variety of student educational outcomes. VPS allows students at a variety of curricular levels to experience a variety of complex, ambiguous, and true-to-life clinical situations with patients in a fast-paced, safe, lifelike environment.
11 higher education institutions from eight countries participated in the multicentric study to understand the impact of virtual patient simulators on various aspects of clinical teaching and learning — aspects such as evaluation and assessment of performance, clinical reasoning and decision-making, working as part of a clinical team, and curricular integration, among others.
Students and educators across all participating institutions used a VPS from Body Interact, which includes over 600 customizable scenarios across 15 clinical areas and involving a diversity of patient types, as well as performance assessments. “Patients” react to every virtual intervention, which helps students learn to examine and diagnose problems, individually or in teams.