PIE's Virtual Interactive Case System was used to create the winner of the AFMC/Infoway Virtual Patient Challenge.
The VIRTUAL Interactive Case System website has been launched with one Template Case.
Welcome to the Virtual Interactive Case (VIC) system for creating simulations of encounters with patients in clinics. VIC cases are clinical reasoning exercises with feedback. Their role is to provide a bridge between theory and seeing patients in clinic (or ER), providing students with what Ericsson has called "deliberate practice" as a way of gaining clinical expertise. The strength of VIC is that it is optimized for rapidly creating a large number of cases, by using a patient template, and creating variations of cases with different differential diagnoses for the same presenting complaint.
The VIC Player is now working on an iPad, and we are in the process of modifying it to make it "iPad friendly". After thorough testing, it will be available on iTunes for free download.
Virtual interactive cases are diagnostic problems in which a user can gather the information needed to determine the correct diagnosis by conducting all the investigations they would normally carry out in the clinic (history taking, physical exam, etc.) to rule in or rule out the diagnosis.
Feedback is provided at the end of the case in a debriefing listing the actions they took that were essential, the essential actions they missed, the actions that were inappropriate, and actions that were taken in an incorrect order. A score is also provided reflecting their success in this exercise, along with the time and cost incurred in arriving at the diagnosis.
The VIC system is designed to facilitate rapid case development. Case development begins with template of all the investigations that can be carried out, with the results for a normal person with no clinical problem. Cases can then be created by substituting abnormal findings at appropriate places in the template, and adding feedback for the debriefing for these actions.