Virtual patients in health professions education

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The field of health professions continues to struggle with the impact of increasing practitioner and educator shortages. Health professions education is also faced with the issues of limited clinical placements and an increasing demand for online education. To address these issues, health professions educators have increasingly turned to simulations to provide experiential learning in safe, controlled environments. One of the newest simulation technology innovations to emerge is that of virtual patient simulations. This chapter reviews the context in which virtual patients have emerged, the range of virtual patient technologies available, and the ways in which health professions educators currently use virtual patient simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvancing Medical Education Through Strategic Instructional Design
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781522520993
ISBN (Print)1522520988, 9781522520986
StatePublished - Dec 28 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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