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AIMS Two types of virtual patient designs can be distinguished - a 'narrative' structure and a 'problem-solving' structure (1). This study assesses attitudes of students with respect to learning communication skills via a virtual patient; and compares acceptability of the two different types of virtual patient designs. METHODS Two virtual patients were(More)
Hypermedia has the potential to greatly enhance teaching. It can, however, be difficult to develop hyperdocuments which provide medical students with the full benefit of the technology. We wish to resolve this problem by providing a methodology for creating educational hypermedia systems with specific emphasis on the medical domain, but applicable across(More)
AIMS Two types of virtual patient designs can be distinguished: a 'narrative' structure and a 'problem-solving' structure. This study compares the same virtual patient with two different structures within the domain of communication skills. METHODS Two virtual patients were constructed around the same case, one emphasizing a narrative and one a(More)
CONTEXT Formal qualitative synthesis is the process of pooling qualitative and mixed-method research data, and then drawing conclusions regarding the collective meaning of the research. Qualitative synthesis is regularly used within systematic reviews in the health professions literature, although such use has been heavily debated in the general literature.(More)
PURPOSE Narrative and problem-solving versions of the same virtual patient's case were created for teaching communication skills to medical students. This qualitative study explored how students experienced the virtual patient. METHOD In 1998-1999 in-depth, free-form interviews and follow-ups were conducted with 12 third-year medical students at Monash(More)
BACKGROUND In Australia and New Zealand, surgical trainees are expected to develop competencies across 9 domains. Although structured training is provided in several domains, there is little or no formal program for professionalism, communication, collaboration, and management and leadership. The Australian federal Department of Health and Aging funded a(More)
BACKGROUND Simulation-based education (SBE) has seen a dramatic uptake in health professions education over the last decade. SBE offers learning opportunities that are difficult to access by other methods. Competent faculty is seen as key to high quality SBE. In 2011, in response to a significant national healthcare issue--the need to enhance the quality(More)