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Virtual Pediatric Hospital: Pediatric Virtual Patients: Common Clinical Problems in Pediatrics: Introduction

Pediatric Virtual Patients

Introduction and Educational Objectives

Donna M. D'Alessandro M.D., Tamra E. Takle M2
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"The student begins with the patient, continues with the patient, and ends his studies with the patient, using books and lectures as tools, as the means to an end."

William Osler, M.D.

Today, as in Osler's time, the gold standard in medical education is learning from a real patient. Today, however, finding real patients and the time to learn from them is becoming more and more difficult, leading to a crisis in clinical education. Multimedia learning allows us to create virtual patients that students can learn from when a real patient is not available.

Educational Objectives for Pediatric Virtual Patients
When the student is finished using this multimedia textbook, the student should understand for each clinical problem portrayed here:

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