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Mursion In Action

The use of standardized patients (SPs) to provide medical trainees with realistic simulations of patient interactions has become indispensable to medical education and assessment.

Real human SPs, however, require significant personnel, financial, and logistical resources.

For hard-to-cast populations, such as pediatrics, SP training has been nearly impossible to effectively implement. Mursion’s virtual standardized patient (VSP) simulators offer medical educators a powerful new tool to enhance a blend of technical and interpersonal skills, such as:

  • Improving the communication skills of a doctor delivering a negative diagnosis
  • Increasing the effectiveness of therapy skills of psychologists
  • Enabling prospective nurses to master giving an effective patient history and coaching interview
  • Allowing pediatric healthcare providers to train in scenarios involving a parent and an elementary-age child
  • Enhancing the debriefing skills of a surgical team

Read about our Virtual Standardized Patient Training and Therapy

Mursion can develop an immersive scenario with any type of patient and healthcare provider avatar, in any environment; and then animate with a real-time simulated patient to create a truly realistic teaching encounter anywhere, any place. - Bruce Kaplan D.O., FACOI. Dean of GME and V.P. Clinical Strategy, DeVry Medical International. Executive Director Institute for Research and Simulation

Project Spotlight
A Randomized Trial of Virtual vs. Standardized Patients

Last fall, Mursion and researchers from Duke University launched a study to determine whether having an emotionally challenging conversation with a mixed-reality virtual standardized patient (VSP) will evoke similar behavioral and emotional responses in medical trainees compared to trainees who have a comparable conversation with a real standardized patient (SP).

Findings from this research will be released at the IMSH conference in early 2017.

Read Study Abstract

VR is breaking down barriers in the field of standardized patient training. For pediatrics, geriatrics, and other special populations, standardized patient training use has been quite limited because of the challenges of realistically portraying these patients in a standardized way at scale. With the improved VR platforms that are now available, medical educators can now offer a much wider array of simulated patient training scenarios. This has the potential to be a major advancement in how healthcare professionals are trained.
- Dr. Scott Compton
Co-Principal Investigator
Associate Professor, Duke University Medical Center