VIRTUAL SIMULATIONS SUPPORT PRACTICAL TRAINING TO IMPROVE PATIENT-PROVIDER INTERACTIONS
Good patient-provider communication is a core component of delivering high-quality patient care. But sometimes, training programs to improve medical students’ interpersonal communication skills aren’t effective. Facilities often use standardized patients — actors or other students engaging in role-playing as actual patients — for training purposes. However, med students may find it difficult to suspend disbelief or take a role-playing scenario seriously.