About

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Why

We created this site to enable you to work through large numbers of real cases quickly.  It is a different approach from what has become a common type of Virtual patient in e-learning.  These are typically long with multiple pages and branching, so each takes a great deal of writing and navigating.  Those are also difficult to keep up to date.  Ours are one page each.  The idea is that you will need to do lots of these cases to cover a topic, testing yourself and broadening your knowledge as you do.

We want to include cases from different parts of the world and different healthcare systems.

Who For?

Anyone working in a healthcare environment. Cases are classified into the same levels that we use on OpenMed:

  • LEVEL A = Beginners
  • LEVEL B = Practitioners
  • LEVEL C = Experts

How

This is an educational, open-access, open-source, low-cost project first developed to support Scottish Government funded University of Edinburgh-Malawi projects and  the Internal Medicine Online course at the University of Edinburgh, and more.  Some staff time from those projects has been applied to developing the cases.  OpenMed is a parallel initiative and the Virtual Clinic supports and complements it.

Who did it?

Neil Turner (CMVM, Univ Edinburgh), Moffat Nyirenda (College of Medicine, Blantyre, Univ Malawi), and Helen Cameron (UoE) developed the concept.  ANT made the first pilots and site.   Thanks to Ross Ward and Jo Spiller (LTS, CMVM, University of Edinburgh) for helpful discussion.  And to WordPress for making a good platform.

Extra info for authors

We would love to see your cases here, if they are clearly formulated and illustrative, and well-written.  Common conditions should be represented by a multiple cases with differing presentations, contexts etc.  You earn the glory of having your name shown.  Requirements to suit the style of presentation are listed at Send us a case.

Extra info for editors

  1. To get the Accordions right, best to paste the tags from a previous case.  Tags are in square brackets like:  [wpui tabs etc] [/wpui] and alter the text
  2. Repeated for answer etc
  3. Optional to show extra data but it’s nice sometimes.  Short italic phrase to nudge the user to think before revealing it.
  4. Remember to allocate Categories, Tags.  Use existing ones wherever possible. Categories also have Pages.  See existing as examples.

The image at the head of this page is Bolenciecwcz was trying to think from the classic My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber (Harper Collins).