In the Body Interact recent webinar titled “The Role of Virtual Patients in High School and Health Careers”, the audience was able to delve into the transformative impact of this innovative approach.
In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare education, Virtual Patients have emerged as a powerful tool for High School and CTE students aspiring to pursue careers in the Healthcare field. These life-like simulations offer an immersive and dynamic learning experience, enabling learners to develop essential skills and gain valuable insights into the world of healthcare.
Develop effective communication and teamwork skills
During the webinar, it was explored the various benefits of Virtual Patients in High School Education.
One of the key advantages is the ability to replicate a wide range of medical conditions and scenarios, offering students exposure to diverse patient cases. From emergency room simulations to diagnostic challenges, virtual patients enable users to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. As they analyze symptoms, make informed decisions, and apply appropriate treatments.
Furthermore, during the introduction, it was highlighted the collaborative nature of this simulation tool. Learners have the opportunity to work individually or in teams.
By assuming the different roles of healthcare professionals such as Physicians, Nurses, or Paramedics, this collaborative approach fosters effective communication and teamwork skills. Thus, at the same time students are developing their soft skills, they are learning to coordinate efforts and prioritize interventions based on the severity of the patient’s condition.
Confident and competent future Healthcare Professionals
Prof. Sindhu Kaimal is a highly accomplished science instructor with a strong passion for education and research. Currently serving as a science instructor at Zuni High School, as well as an Adjunct Professor at San Juan College (New Mexico), Prof. Sindhu brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the academic field. She shared her valuable experience with Virtual Patient Simulation in Healthcare Pathways in High School Education with the audience.
She mentioned: “Body Interact is a great virtual simulation tool for me as a teacher because I can provide very engaging, hands-on experiences for my students. I’m proud to see my students thrive in these simulated environments, gaining confidence and becoming more prepared for their future healthcare careers. Witnessing their growth, adaptability, and passion for making a difference in people’s lives reaffirms the value of incorporating BodyInteract into our curriculum.”
Importance of debriefing after Virtual Patients simulations
One of the key takeaways highlighted by the Professor was the importance of debriefing sessions after the simulations.
- Enable reflection on their experiences and performance
- Discuss challenges faced
- Identify areas of improvement
By encouraging self-reflection and critical analysis, students are guided toward continuous growth and refinement of their skills.
- Bridge the gap between theory and practice
- Empowering students to apply their knowledge in a safe and controlled environment
As technology and healthcare guidelines move forward, it is essential to continue exploring and embracing innovative educational approaches that empower the next generation of healthcare professionals to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
Consider exploring the Body Interact new curricular offer for High School & CTE. Understand the impact of Virtual Patients on your students’ motivation, performance, and confidence.
Schedule a meeting with the Body Interact team to learn more.