Courses / Modules / MEDI6243 Virtual Patient

Virtual Patient

When you'll study it
Whole Academic Year
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 7
Module lead
Elizabeth Miles
Academic year

Module overview

This module gives you the opportunity to explore an allergy-related topic of your choice in greater depth and to translate your learning discovery into an educational resource, thereby feeding forward your knowledge and skills to your chosen learner. Based on your chosen topic, you will design and produce a Virtual Patient (VP), an interactive patient scenario, for health care professionals (or students), with the aim of producing a teaching or training resource that develops their clinical reasoning and decision-making skills. Through the VP, your learner will be able to explore your chosen allergy-related topic and learn about aspects such as obtaining a history and making diagnostic, therapeutic and management decisions in a ‘safe’ (virtual) environment. Having chosen the topic and target learners, you will create this learning environment by constructing activities and assessment questions that are aligned with topic-specific learning outcomes and supported with rich feedback.

Our online module is delivered using a blend of live teaching and pre-recorded sessions. You are expected to attend all live sessions which allow you to engage with our expert teachers and your fellow students and benefit from rich discussions. Our recorded sessions allow you to learn at your convenience within each teaching week. Most of our students continue to work while studying and benefit from this flexibility. Engaging with these live sessions allows you to gain support from your peers and the module leads, synthesise your learning and reflect on your progress as you go.

This module is taught once a year and typically involves approximately 10 hours of student engagement per week. The module will take place during the following weeks (exact timetable to be confirmed):

  • Teaching & guided learning: 28/02-14/03/25
  • Self-directed learning: 15/03-30/04/25