LiveBook: Competence Assessment with Virtual-Patient Simulations

  • Author / Creator
    Jalali, Sina
  • Virtual-patient simulators play an important role in modern medical education. These simulators provide a safe environment for learning, give contextual feedback to learners, and allow the learner to move beyond the time and space constraints of traditional face-to-face medical instruction. In this thesis, we present an interactive simulation system, LiveBook. This system consists of two systems. The first system generates quizzes automatically and asks the learners to answer them. They are then provided with the correct answers and their score. This helps the learners organize their basic medical knowledge. The second system places learners in the role of a clinician who investigates the symptoms of a patient, asking questions (and receiving answers) in natural language. Once the learner has completed a case by selecting the most plausible diagnosis, LiveBook provides detailed feedback on the student's performance. The service is available at Based on our initial experience with the pilot, we believe that LiveBook can be a valuable addition to the curriculum of future diagnosticians, enabling them to apply their knowledge and develop their diagnostic problem-solving skills in the context of realistic scenarios.

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    Spring 2018
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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Amaral, Nelson (Computing Science)
    • Esmail, Shaniff (Rehabilitation Medicine)
    • Epp, Carrie Demmans (Computing Science)