Virtual humans help aspiring doctors learn empathy

December 12, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

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.

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