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Teaching professionalism through virtual means


McEvoy, M and Butler, B and MacCarrick, G, Teaching professionalism through virtual means, Medical Teacher, 9, (1) pp. 32-36. ISSN 0142-159X (2012) [Refereed Article]


Objectives:  Virtual patients are used across a variety of clinical disciplines for both teaching and assessment, but are they an appropriate environment in which to develop professional skills? This study aimed to evaluate studentsí perceived effectiveness of an online interactive virtual patient developed to augment a personal professional development curriculum, and to identify factors that would maximise the associated educational benefits. Methods:  Student focus group discussions were conducted to explore studentsí views on the usefulness and acceptability of the virtual patient as an educational tool to teach professionalism, and to identify factors for improvement. A thematic content analysis was used to capture content and synthesise the range of opinions expressed. Results:  Overall there was a positive response to the virtual patient. The students recognised the need to teach and assess professionalism throughout their curriculum, and viewed the virtual patient as a potentially engaging and valuable addition to their curriculum. We identified factors for improvement to guide the development of future virtual patients. Conclusion:  It is possible to improve approaches to teaching and learning professionalism by exploring studentsí views on innovative teaching developments designed to augment personal professional development curricula.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health and community services
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Pacific Peoples community services
Objective Field:Pacific Peoples community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:MacCarrick, G (Professor Geraldine MacCarrick)
ID Code:96952
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2014-11-26
Last Modified:2014-11-26

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