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Video game technology could improve physician-patient interactions

Madison, Wis. -- For some doctors, good bedside manner is just part of their persona. For others, it's a learned skill -- one that a Madison medical educator hopes to engender more quickly in students via a video game he envisions.

The development of the game is the next step in the life of Fred Kron, an assistant clinical professor at the
Full article >>> uld serve as a simulation of the medical experience. Medical students would be put in virtual settings, making up anything from a small practice to a full hospital setting, and deal with patients and doctors that could be virtual one moment and controlled by other players in the next.

It is Kron's hope that such a game -- which he says could be ready within two years -- would impart in me......

Full article >>> enerally, massively multiplayer games that are purely for entertainment are set up so that people can play for 20, 30, 40 hours a week; some of them really go overboard," said Noah Falstein, a freelance game designer working with Kron. "For a game that's meant to be used as training for doctors, they clearly can't afford to put in 20 hours a week."

Instead, Falstein says the game would ha......

Full article >>> out where our stories can go, what the situations would be, and how much must be scripted before player involvement can take over," Fontana said, noting that the discussion is still at the formulation stage that would lead to creating initial demo levels to show off to prospective partners and customers. The key questions to be resolved, however, are where the situations would go and the balance ......

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