ELEARNING AND VIRTUAL SIMULATION
||MBBS FRANZCO FRACS, Unit Head
||MScMed(OphthSc), Postgraduate Student
||MB BS(Clin.Epid) MPH PhD FRANZCO
Research in this group is focused on exploiting the potential of digital media, information technology (IT) and the communications revolution to develop cutting edge ophthalmic teaching services to provide excellence in education of future eye doctors.
The unit is researching initiatives to provide distance learning services and developing innovative ways for students to have clinical trial experience in a virtual arena before engaging in patient practice.
Virtual Ophthalmology Clinic
The unit’s virtual ophthalmology programme allows medical students to gain skills in history taking by making use of ‘virtual’ clinical patients. The histories in the programme's database, transcribed from real patient interviews and presented by interactive virtual
actors, are programmed to reflect symptoms associated with common eye diseases and complaints. The programme mimics real interactions with patients in that students control the order in which they ask questions and gather information to make a diagnosis prior to an examination. The diagnosis is emailed to the student's supervisors before the student is allowed to continue the examination and progress to higher levels of investigation. The strength of the programme is that it allows the student to develop skills in interviewing and forming a diagnosis before practicing on real patients. Its success as a teaching and self-development tool
highlights the direction of future digital and distance learning initiatives.