August 1997 // Spotlight Site
The Interactive Patient
Note: This article was originally published in The Technology Source ( as: "The Interactive Patient" The Technology Source, August 1997. Available online at The article is reprinted here with permission of the publisher.

The Interactive Patient is a textual and a pictorial simulation available from the Marshall University School of Medicine. It gives medical students, continuing medical education students, and med-school hopefuls a good simulation of an encounter with a patient, complete with a chief presenting complaint, interactive gathering of patient history, performing a physical exam, and reviewing the laboratory data and x-rays. After the workup, the user is encouraged to submit a diagnosis and a treatment plan to the computer system based on the information obtained. Physicians who complete the simulation successfully may obtain Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit.

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