Medical student evaluation using augmented standardized patients: New development and results

Bo Sun, Frederic D. McKenzie, Hector M. Garcia, Thomas W. Hubbard, John A. Ullian, Gayle A. Gliva

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Standardized patients (SPs), individuals who realistically portray patients, are widely used in medical education to teach and assess communication skills, eliciting a history, performing a physical exam, and other important clinical skills. They are typically healthy individuals with few or no abnormal physical findings. One limitation is that each SP can only portray a limited set of physical symptoms. We have developed a functioning prototype that uses sound-based augmented reality (AR) to expand the capabilities of an SP to exhibit physically-manifested abnormalities. The previous research and evaluation of this prototype have been published in medicine meets virtual reality conference in January 2006. Current research has combined a virtual crackle sound with a healthy SP's real breath sound at end of inspiration in real time. The technology used is intended to correlate the inspiration timing of SP's. A learner will hear this simulated sound through an electronic-stethoscope wirelessly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)454-456
Number of pages3
JournalStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Event15th Annual Conference on Medicine Meets Virtual Reality, MMVR 2007 - Long Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 6 2007Feb 9 2007


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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Sun, B., McKenzie, F. D., Garcia, H. M., Hubbard, T. W., Ullian, J. A., & Gliva, G. A. (2007). Medical student evaluation using augmented standardized patients: New development and results. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 125, 454-456.