Medical students to receive ‘virtual consultation' training

Posted by ap507 at Oct 03, 2013 11:08 AM |
Patient-controlled online medical system Patients Know Best to be used in teaching

First year medical students at the University will be taking part in a UK first.

From early October, the University’s Department of Medical and Social Care Education will be teaching all its first year students how to hold online consultations using Patients Know Best, the world’s first fully patient-controlled online medical records system.

176 students of Medicine will be taught how to hold consultations online with 'virtual patients' – ordinary people who will simulate live consultation scenarios with the students.

The project will be closely evaluated by the University and medical students will develop a range of online consulting skills. They will be taught how to garner information from patients online, how to deal with complex medical cases, how to respond to questions and follow-ups and what type of online consultation methods to choose.

The University was recently ranked one of the country’s top ten institutions for studying medicine in the 2014 Guardian League Table.