Virtual Patients Group - Improving communication skills education with virtual patients.


Medical Experiences

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Click on the link above for step-by-step instructions to create your own virtual patient in 30 minutes


The Virtual Patients Group is comprised of over 30 researchers, including computer scientists, medical doctors, pharmacists, psychologists, and educators. 

The Virtual Patients Group is developing experiences with virtual humans to provide healthcare students, professionals, and the public with communication skills and medical education.  We are integrating these experiences into medical school curricula and public health exhibits.  To date, over 7000 people have interacted with our virtual patients. 

We are interested in expanding our consortium.  Please contact Benjamin Lok, Ph.D, Juan Cendan, M.D., and Scott Lind, M.D. for more information.

Virtual Patients Group Consortium Universities


University of Florida

Medical College of Georgia


University of Georgia

University of Central Florida

Try interacting with our virtual patients!


  Chat with a virtual patient through your Android phone

  Chat with a virtual patient on your web-browser

  Video chat with a virtual patient

  Interact with a 3D virtual patient (download via MedEdPortal)


Kent State University

University of Texas

at San Antonio



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Virtual Patients Introduction Video


This work is currently supported by:

National Science Foundation

National Institutes of Health

Association of Surgical Education

Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Center

Prior support includes:

University of Florida

Medical College of Georgia

Keele University

Last Updated: April 23rd, 2011