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.
Virtual medical simulations have emerged into this landscape as an effective tool to improve patient communication skills. AI-powered virtual standardized patients can adopt distinct personalities, attitudes, medical histories, health conditions, and symptoms to deliver immersive simulated experiences that model real-life patient-provider interactions.
Keep reading to learn how online simulation programs with virtual standardized patients can help medical students in New York City, NY, and worldwide practice and improve vital communication skills.