Tips and Tricks to Create Virtual Patients

29 March 2022 - 29 March 2022
Tips and Tricks to Create Virtual Patients

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VPs are online interactive simulations of real-life cases that can be used to teach clinical reasoning in an asynchronous manner.

Aim: given the current pandemic the session aims to empower medical educators with a toolkit to create VPs

- What are Virtual Patients?
- What are the benefits and disadvantages of using Virtual Patients in your curriculum?
- How to integrate Virtual Patients in your curriculum.
- Resources to some “ready-made” Virtual Patients that can be incorporated.
- Steps to create your own Virtual Patients.
- Examples on how to teach clinical reasoning via Virtual Patients.

At the end of the session participants will be able to:

1. Describe the concept of VPs
2. Discuss educational needs that can be met with VPs
3. Recognise barriers and challenges encountered when creating VPs
4. Compile a toolkit for creation of VPs that includes:
- List of commonly used authoring tools
- Tips to incorporate clinical reasoning while storyboarding
- List of Learning Management Systems
- Ready-to-use templates

Session presenter:

Sonam Ravindra Kiwalkar, MD




Dr. Kiwalkar earned her medical degree at Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College in Pune, India. She completed her residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, New York. She completed her rheumatology fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. She is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology. Apart practicing rheumatology at the Vancouver Clinic and being the Associate Program Director for Legacy Salmon Creek Internal Medicine residency program, she is pursuing a Masters in Education for Health Professionals at the Johns Hopkins University. She is also the course director for the American College of Rheumatology’s Rheum2Learn 2.0 virtual patient modules.

In her spare time, Dr. Kiwalkar loves cooking Indian food and hiking around the Pacific Northwest with her husband. She is a trained Indian classical dancer.