Not just for surgeon training anymore

This article from AMedNews about the new Riverside Methodist Hospital s Center for Medical Education and Innovation illustrates that virtual patients have applications for more than just practicing surgical techniques.

    Edward Bope, MD, director of the Family Practice Residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, helped select the equipment, software and floor plan for Riverside's Center for Medical Education and Innovation. It will be the first non-military medical simulation facility and multidisciplinary training center that can follow a virtual patient from the ED, to the OR, to the ICU.

    "A lot of people were thinking about this at the same time, and it's a source of pride that we will have the first one," said Dr. Bope, who this year was elected to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education board of directors. "This is a physician-funded and physician-led project, and everyone involved says how it's been a long time since they've seen a medical staff all pull together so well in one direction."

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