A Clinical Simulation Environment For Medical Education

  • C. E. Johnson
  • M. J. Taylor
  • W. A. Corbett
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Traditionally, the teaching of clinical medicine for undergraduate students has taken the format of instruction at the bedside between patient, teacher and student supplemented by lectures, seminars and periods of free study. Responsibility to the patient permits students to take only a passive role in patient management and treatment, observing the decisions made by qualified clinicians. Students experience only the diseases with which patients present to the ward during the period of their attachment to the specialty. The introduction of computers into the clinical learning environment can provide an additional stimulant to medical learning. Two types of computerassisted educational programs for medicine have evolved: controlled learning and discovery learning programs. The principal difference between the types is in their underlying teaching strategies that effectively determine the degree to which the student can control the focus of the tutorial.


Domain Knowledge Acute Abdominal Pain Clinical Simulation Pain Classification Computer Assisted Learning 
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  • C. E. Johnson
  • M. J. Taylor
  • W. A. Corbett

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