Patient Simulations in Clinical Education

  • Barbara B. Farquhar
  • Edward P. Hoffer
  • G. Octo Barnett
Part of the Computers in Biology and Medicine book series (CBM)


Clinical medical education is an intermediate stage between the mastery of basic medical sciences and the practice of medicine; its purpose is to provide students with supervised practice in solving clinical problems so that they will be prepared for independent practice. Ideally, the process of medical education is a well-planned, balanced, ordered sequence of activities designed to produce a physician with competence in solving a variety of clinical problems (Barnett, 1974). In fact, clinical medical education takes place in teaching hospitals where there are often conflicting demands on the time of good teachers and where primary consideration must be given to the welfare of patients rather than to educational effectiveness.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara B. Farquhar
    • 1
  • Edward P. Hoffer
    • 2
  • G. Octo Barnett
    • 2
  1. 1.Educational Computer GroupDigital Equipment CorporationMarlboroUSA
  2. 2.Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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