Learning and clinical reasoning experience of second-year medical pharmacology students and teachers with virtual patients developed using OpenLabyrinth
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Department of Pharmacology, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, INDIA
Online publication date: 2023-05-16
Publication date: 2023-09-01
Electron J Gen Med 2023;20(5):em509
To determine the perceived usefulness of a virtual case scenario developed and delivered through the OpenLabyrinth platform among medical students and teachers.

20 second-year medical students and 12 teachers of pharmacology were invited to complete a virtual case scenario exercise. The participants accessed the case scenario using their laptops or mobile devices. Participants’ feedback was obtained using the electronic virtual patient consortium-developed questionnaire.

19 students and 12 teachers provided feedback. All the faculty members and 95% of students felt that they had to make the same decisions a doctor would have to make in real life; ‘authenticity of patient encounter’ received the highest percentage of positive responses and ‘the learning effect’ the least.

The feedback obtained suggests that virtual case scenarios are likely to be well received by students and teachers. The availability of open-source software enables the use of this technology in resource-limited settings.

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