In collaboration with the Medical Informatics Group, CDAC Trivandrum, the MEDSIM project will design and develop Computer based Medical Simulations that will allow students pursuing medical sciences to visualize, learn, practise and experience a variety of medical skills and procedures in order to provide a simulated patient experience.
MedSim is an e-learning platform that supports computer based medical simulations that replicate clinical scenarios by integrating 2D and 3D animations. It allows features such as deliberate practice and feedback for skills development, exposure to difficult to visualise procedures, protocols and case studies using virtual patient cases. The system allows the students to review the results and responses before making diagnostic clinical and management choices. This allows medical students to visualise, learn and practice, and experience interactive clinical cases using Virtual Patients.
MedSim includes case simulations in which a student interacts with a virtual patient to obtain the history, conduct a physical exam and make diagnostic and therapeutic decisions. The student may ask questions to the virtual patient, order medical examinations or therapy activities and determine the outcome. The student works his way toward a correct final diagnosis by moving through several sections followed by a patient management until the patient is completely cured or discharged. Thus the student's decisions have direct consequences on the virtual patient's treatment outcome. The use of simulation is a practical and safe approach to the acquisition and maintenance of task-oriented and behavioural skills across the spectrum of medical specialties. Simulation offers clinicians a safe, practical, and credible means to acquire skills and learn how to optimally manage clinical scenarios.