James B. McGee

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Virtual patients as a form of educational intervention can take many forms and can provide highly effective ways of addressing reduced student access to real patients, the need for standardised and well-structured educational patient encounters, and opportunities for students to practice in safe and responsive environments. However, virtual patients can(More)
An increasing number of medical schools have implemented or are considering implementing scholarly activity programs as part of their undergraduate medical curricula. The goal of these programs is to foster students' analytical skills, enhance their self-directed learning and their oral and written communication skills, and ultimately to train better(More)
Changes in the environment in which clinical medical education takes place in the United States has profoundly affected the quality of the learning experience. A shift to out-patient based care, minimization of hospitalization time, and shrinking clinical revenues has changed the teaching hospital or "classroom" to a degree that we must develop innovative(More)
Virtual Patients are computer-based simulations of a clinical encounter where the user plays the role of a healthcare provider while receiving in-context instruction. This unique pedagogical approach enables active case-based learning for learners. Academic institutions around the world have developed high-quality virtual patients using many different(More)
Clinical reasoning is a critical core competency in medical education. Strategies to support the development of clinical reasoning skills have focused on methodologies used in traditional settings, including lectures, small groups, activities within Simulation Centers and the clinical arena. However, the evolving role and growing utilization of virtual(More)
Virtual microscopy has been adopted by many medical schools but often without addressing the need for students to understand how to integrate slide observations with other diagnostic information. The goal of this study was to develop an innovative tool for teaching pathology to medical students that presents a variety of virtual materials necessary for a(More)
BACKGROUND We sought to determine whether a Web-based curriculum could improve internal medicine residents' perceived preparedness and knowledge in the areas of preconception care, infertility evaluation, and management of medical conditions during pregnancy. Training in these areas has been previously identified as inadequate. DESCRIPTION Three Web-based(More)
In response to a need for a comprehensive online curriculum development and management system for medical education at the University of Pittsburgh the author, the Lab for Educational Technology (the Lab), students and faculty developed the Pitt Med Navigator website (Navigator). This completely web-based, distributed, personalized application is used by(More)