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Teaching Cardiopulmonary Auscultation in Workshops using a Virtual Patient Simulation Technology - A Pilot Study

Pereira, D. ; Gomes, P. ; Faria, S. Faria ; Correia, R. ; Coimbra, M.

Teaching Cardiopulmonary Auscultation in Workshops using a Virtual Patient Simulation Technology - A Pilot Study, Proc International Conf. of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society - EMBC, Orlando, United States, Vol. 0, pp. 0 - 0, August, 2016.

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Abstract
Auscultation is currently both a powerful screening tool, providing a cheap and quick initial assessment of a patient’s clinical condition, and a hard skill to master. The teaching of auscultation in Universities is today reduced to an unsuitable number of hours. Virtual patient simulators can potentially mitigate this problem, by providing an interesting high-quality alternative to teaching with real patients or patient simulators. In this paper we evaluate the pedagogical impact of using a virtual patient simulation technology in a short
workshop format for medical students, training them to detect cardiac pathologies. Results showed a significant improvement (+16%) in the differentiation between normal and pathological cases, although longer duration formats seem to be needed to accurately identify specific pathologies.