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Virtual Patient Simulations for Medical Education: Increasing Clinical Reasoning Skills through Deliberate Practice

Abstract Virtual Patient Simulations (VPS) are web-based exercises involving simulated patients in virtual environments. This study investigates the utility of VPS for increasing medical student clinical reasoning skills, collaboration, and engagement. Many studies indicate that VPS provide medical students with essential practice in clinical decision making before they encounter real life patients. The utility of a recursive, inductive VPS for increasing clinical decision-making skills, collaboration, or engagement is unknown. Following a design-based methodology, VPS were implemented in two phases with two different cohorts of first year medical students: spring and fall of 2013. Participants were 108 medical students and six of their clinical fac... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Mccoy, Lise (Author) / Wetzel, Keith (Advisor) / Ewbank, Ann (Advisor) / Simon, Harvey (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Educational technology / Higher education / Educational leadership / Collaboration / Design-based Research / Healthcare Education / Inductive Reasoning / Medical Education / Virtual Patient Simulation
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 258 pages
Language English
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Note Ed.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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