Are Artificial Students Better Than The Real Thing?

This small pilot study suggests that preclinical medical students conducting respiratory and/or cardiovascular system examinations on a life-size patient manikin (SimMan) showed greater improvement in their ability and confidence to perform physical exams above those using peer examinations. In particular, students reported better ability to differentiate between normal and abnormal signs. The manikin, which can be programmed with a range of clinical findings, is seen by the study authors as a self and effective means of teaching without any harm to patients. –Lee Ann Schein, Ph. D.

Swamy M et al. Role of SimMan in teaching clinical skills to preclinical medical students BMC Medical Education 2013, 13:20

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