Since 2019, HCOP programming has been virtual. One challenge that comes with a virtual program is providing students with valuable clinical experiences. Since 2020 HCOP has partnered with BodyInteract™ Virtual Patient Simulator, a web-based program that allows students to assume the role of a healthcare provider.
HCOP high school and undergraduate students were able to take part in virtual clinical experiences on April 2nd and 9th, respectively. During these sessions, Dr. John Stone, MD, PhD instructed the students through the simulated case and provided first-hand knowledge, with answers to clinical questions.
The case for this month involved a virtual patient who came to the hospital with severe wheezing. Students were instructed to bring an object, story, or news article that they related with breathing or trouble breathing, which they shared with their peers. Students then spent time observing as Dr. Stone guided them through the case and discussed the order of events for a patient exhibiting trouble breathing. Dr. Stone started the simulation by asking participants to share what they already know about asthma. Participants then split into groups to do their own research on the various causes, symptoms, and treatments for asthma and came back to the group to share their knowledge of this condition. To end the session, each group had time to ask any questions related to the case, their research, or general questions related to healthcare and study.