Published January 31, 2013
The UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is one of eight medical schools that the American Medical Association is funding to create patient simulations for students.
K. Ellis, MD, PhD, associate dean for medical
curriculum, will join seven faculty from leading institutions to
develop the virtual internal medicine cases.
Medical students use simulation software to interview and examine virtual patients, order and review diagnostic tests, develop diagnostic hypotheses and create treatment plans.
Online feedback and guidance occur at every step of the simulation.
“For our students, working on patient simulations complete with actual test results and realistic clinical data—such as audible heart sounds, angiograms and ultrasound studies—is far more beneficial than just reading about the same disease in a textbook,” says Ellis, associate professor of medicine and physiology.
Encounters with Web-based patients complement UB students’
experiences at the Behling Simulation
Center, he adds.
In addition to UB, the other institutions leading the development of simulated patient encounters are:
The AMA gave $100,000 to the consortium, which was formed by the developers of the i-Human Patients platform, a cloud-based service that simulates patient visits for medical students.
The new cases are expected to be completed, peer-reviewed and included in UB’s third-year medical curriculum starting in July.
Ellis is developing cases on such topics as heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, electrolyte abnormalities and syncope.
He is writing them with Susan J. Gallagher, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine and director for third- and fourth-year internal medicine clerkships.