From the MEdSim Magazine Website:
A University of Huddersfield team of researchers has developed a prototype for a tool that will help doctors develop and improve their communication skills – including delivering bad news – by conducting simulated interviews with virtual patients.
The UK university team’s Immersive Medical Training System (IMTS) won best e-learning product, best presentation, best medic award and the AMEE conference award at the International Medical Education Conference – where the system was actually developed. The multi-disciplinary team was assembled to participate in the conference’s Medical Hackathon – a 48-hour event where software developers, designers and medical professionals work together to create innovative products. The Glasgow event was held in tandem with the conference of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE).
Dr. Yeshwanth Pulijala, part of the development team that also includes two medical students, two computer scientists, and Edward Miller, co-founder of the company Medical Realities, with whom Pulijala is working with as part of his PhD project, says now that they have “proof of concept,” they’re moving on to a more advanced scenario by creating a virtual environment where medical students can just walk into a room and practice difficult communication skills.
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