Virtual humans help aspiring doctors learn empathy
In the latest offering from Michigan Video Abstracts, Timothy Guetterman, Ph.D., M.A., assistant professor of family medicine, shares his team’s research on the use of virtual humans to assess medical residents’ communication skills. This is one of the first studies in the nation to use virtual humans to assess communication skills.
“I’m a research methodologist, which means I study how we do research. I’m particularly interested in health communication, how we can better train physicians to communicate in the health care setting, and how we can measure that,” Guetterman said. “We’re using advanced technology where you can actually practice and interact with a virtual human.”
Guetterman is an applied research methodologist, who focuses on enhancing health communication through technology. He serves on three U.S. National Institutes of Health-funded mixed methods studies that involve understanding health care communication and testing interventions.
- Learn more about Guetterman
- Department of Family Medicine: Clinical Informatics and Technology
- Read Dr. Guetterman’s original manuscript, “Initial construct validity evidence of a virtual human application for competency assessment in breaking bad news to a cancer patient”
- Michigan Video Abstracts, a novel online forum for biomedical research, learning, and scholarship at Michigan Medicine