There are six major sections
of the program:
The first section is
the page where the user will choose the case which they would like
The second section is
the page where the user will be given a brief history of the case
and a list of options that can be employed. From here
the user will have the option of: (a) asking a question, (b) obtaining
a physical examination, (c) getting results on medical tests, or
(d) offering a diagnosis.
The third section is
the interview section. The user will ask the virtual
patient a question and the computer will return an answer. The user
will have the opportunity to ask as many questions as he or she
The fourth section is
the physical examination section. The user will have
the opportunity to 'examine' the patient by 'zooming' in on the
part of the body the user wants to examine.
The fifth section is
the medical test section. Here the user will be given
the opportunity to order various medical tests and obtain the results. The
list of possible tests will be limited.
The sixth section is
the diagnosis section. Here, the user will type in his/her
opinion as to the problem. The computer will then tell
the user what the actual diagnosis is. The program will
then restart from section one.
Things of note:
computer will keep a list of all questions and answers (including
the final diagnosis) so that they instructor may see how the
user arrived at the diagnosis.
will be a logon/pass screen before "section one" so all of the
user's trials will be recorded.
designed so that new cases can be added without too much additional