Virtual Empathy Simulator from Curtin University
Press play, and meet “Jim”. Jim is a virtual reality creation, designed to simulate patients for healthcare sector trainees. With the alternatives of professional placement in real-life clinical situations or the use of actors proving too costly or impractical, this is a high-tech solution that really looks ahead. This project was winner of the Innovation in Education Prize, supported by Teaching and Learning, Curtin University.
“Initially, the avatar is controlled by a trainer who chooses its responses based on the student’s verbal and non-verbal behaviours. This interaction between the student and ‘Jim’ is recorded for reflection and feedback so that the student is supported and educated with increasing levels of independent responsibility in their management of medically challenging communications,” Dr Beilby said.
“This provides standard experiences for all students with the opportunity for repeated practice in a safe environment.
“The aim is for the student to achieve competence before having real-life interactions with the general public.”
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Abigail in Las Vegas, Nevada.