Interactive Medical Education

Parvati Dev, Stanford SUMMIT
(Stanford University Medical Media and Information Technologies)

Seminar on People, Computers, and Design
Stanford University January 18, 2001

Simulation can represent many situations in the real medical world: physician-patient dialog, physical examination, surgical procedures; as well as resources for basic medical teaching: cadavers, physiology labs. These simulated situations and resources support the development of a new mode of teaching and learning that encourages individual exploration and collaborative learning. At the same time, simulations provide the promise of a comprehensive standardized exposure to a set of clinical cases and labs that augment the opportunistic clinical experiences current in today's hospital wards. In this talk, I will present a sampling of simulators, discuss the underlying technology, indicate their integration into the curriculum, and present assessment where available.

Parvati Dev has been Director of the SUMMIT group at Stanford University since 1990, exploring innovative applications of computing in the medical curriculum. Recently, her work has focused on application of simulation as a training modality, and on the delivery of multiperson simulations over the Internet. In her past life, she directed research and product development at a medical imaging company, now owned by Kodak.. Dr. Dev received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1975 in the area of computer models of the brain.

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