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Virtual Slides in the Path Lab

Virtual slides combined with Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) are powerful tools when teaching pathology and related subject areas. Jack Cleutjens, MD, is a biologist working at the Department of Pathology at Maastricht University. Here he describes how medical students collaborate online using this system. “The original system involved one student behind one computer,” says […]

What is the state of play with virtual patients?

Dr Rachel Ellaway from the University of Northern Ontario in Canada talks about where we are at with the research and development of virtual patients. According to Rachel, there is a critical piece in any area of research, between innovation and creation, and then going towards it being used. “The piece that is really troubling […]

Virtual Patients bring together fragmented e-learning tools

Dr Bas de Leng from Maastricht University describes the advantages of virtual patients, including their ability to bring together and present various e-learning tools in a unitary programme.

Taking virtual patients into the workforce

During the recent 2nd International Conference on Virtual Patients and MedBiquitous Annual Meeting, Rosalyn Scott, MD, from CTSNet in the US talked about issues in social media in medical education, asking how can social media bridge the relationship between student and learner? As she explained, social media is a “powerful tool where students can be […]

Collaboration around innovation: The success of the team defines the success of the technology

Peter Greene, Executive Director of MedBiquitous, describes how collaboration drives innovation, and how the success of the team determines the success of the technology. “The key is to strike the balance between diversity and specialisation,” he says. “We often bring together a very diverse group of people. People who are experts in areas of technology, […]

How can we use VPs to transform healthcare?

Peter Greene, the Executive Director of MedBiquitous opened the recent 2nd International Conference on Virtual Patients and MedBiquitous Annual Meeting, and describes how the impact of technology can drive innovation and successful collaborations, with the ultimate goal of using virtual patients to transform healthcare.

Integration of e-learning tools can transform the curriculum

Over the past decade a wide range of e-learning tools have been developed, yet many are yet to be fully integrated into the medical curricula. One possibility for this, explains Dr Terry Poulton from the e-Learning Unit at St George’s University of London, is that the technology is “too fragmented”.

Health informatics students use workflow modeling simulations in Second Life

Health informatics students must develop workflow modeling skills in order to create efficient health information systems.

The new eViP CAMPUS VP Player

Jorn Heid, Frank Hess and Simone Huber from Heilbronn Informatics and Heidelberg University, at The Center for Virtual Patients in Heidelberg, Germany, talk about developing the CAMPUS VP players. Jorn Heid was instrumental in helping develop the CAMPUS VP player and has since helped create the CAMPUS Card player. The team also recently developed the […]

Using CAMPUS VPs in medical education

Medical students play a crucial role in the eViP programme, helping medical educators and learning technologists develop virtual patients for their curriculum. Here Maren Ebert, a medical student at Heidelberg University in Germany talks about using CAMPUS virtual patients, and describes her experiences using these VPs.