Virtual Patient Simulation Training in Graduate Dysphagia Management Education—A Research-Led Enhancement Targeting Development of Clinical Interviewing and Clinical Reasoning Skills Access to patients for clinical education is a challenge for educators and students across all health care professions. Led by colleagues in medical and nursing education, health care educators have increasingly embraced new teaching technologies such as virtual patient (VP) simulation training to support certain aspects of clinical education. This ... Article
Article  |   August 12, 2016
Virtual Patient Simulation Training in Graduate Dysphagia Management Education—A Research-Led Enhancement Targeting Development of Clinical Interviewing and Clinical Reasoning Skills
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Isaac Sia
    Department of Rehabilitation, National University Hospital, Singapore
  • Shivashankar Halan
    Computer and Information Science and Engineering Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Benjamin Lok
    Computer and Information Science and Engineering Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Michael A. Crary
    Swallowing Research Laboratory, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
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  • Financial: The authors have no relevant financial interests to disclose.
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Professional Issues & Training / Part 3
Article   |   August 12, 2016
Virtual Patient Simulation Training in Graduate Dysphagia Management Education—A Research-Led Enhancement Targeting Development of Clinical Interviewing and Clinical Reasoning Skills
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, August 2016, Vol. 1, 130-139. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG13.130
History: Received March 9, 2016 , Revised April 5, 2016 , Accepted April 7, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, August 2016, Vol. 1, 130-139. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG13.130
History: Received March 9, 2016; Revised April 5, 2016; Accepted April 7, 2016

Access to patients for clinical education is a challenge for educators and students across all health care professions. Led by colleagues in medical and nursing education, health care educators have increasingly embraced new teaching technologies such as virtual patient (VP) simulation training to support certain aspects of clinical education. This paper presents an account of the systematic, multi-year, research-led incorporation of computer generated virtual humans (i.e., embodied conversational agents) in a dysphagia management course targeting development of clinical interviewing and clinical reasoning skills in graduate speech-language pathology students.

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