Development of the competency-based objective resident education using virtual patients system

  • Taylor Sawyer | taylorleesawyer@hotmail.com Tripler Army Medical Center, United States.
  • Alan Stein Zargis Medical Corporation, United States.
  • Holly Olson Tripler Army Medical Center, United States.
  • Christopher Becket Mahnke Tripler Army Medical Center, United States.

Abstract

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires U.S. physician training programs to teach and evaluate their trainees in six core competencies. Developing innovative methods to meet the ACGME requirements is an ongoing area of research in medical education. Here we describe the development of the Competency-based Objective Resident Education using Virtual Patients (CORE-VP) system, a web-based virtual patient simulator to teach and measure the ACGME core competencies. The user interface was built on Wavemaker technology including AJAX and javascript. A Flash component allows graphical navigation of the physical exam and linking of digital images and video to desired anatomic areas. The system contains tools for case authorship, management and execution and permits linking of files or web-based hypermedia content. Each case is designed to mimic a real-life patient encounter and includes history, physical exam, laboratory/ radiology, diagnosis and management. Automa­ted, multi-factorial, evaluation metrics were developed for each ACGME core competency. Upon completion of a case trainees receive immediate feedback in the form of an automated Performance Summary. We have developed a web-based virtual patient simulator called CORE-VP to teach and measure the ACGME core competencies. Work is currently underway to test and validate the system.

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Author Biographies

Taylor Sawyer, Tripler Army Medical Center
Associate Fellowship Director, University of Hawaii Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program
Alan Stein, Zargis Medical Corporation
Chief Medical and Technology Officer

Zargis Medical Corp.
Holly Olson, Tripler Army Medical Center

Director of Health Education and Training

Tripler Army Medical Center

Christopher Becket Mahnke, Tripler Army Medical Center

Department of Pediatrics

Tripler Army Medical Center

Published
2011-03-17
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Sawyer, T., Stein, A., Olson, H., & Mahnke, C. B. (2011). Development of the competency-based objective resident education using virtual patients system. Medical Education Development, 1(1), e5. https://doi.org/10.4081/med.2011.e5