Virtual Patient Cases
Virtual patient cases (VPs) are online scenarios that represent authentic, simulated representations of clinical encounters. They provide a powerful, immersive and engaging learning experience that focuses on decision-making and case-management. These in turn can result in diverse outcomes.
Used in undergraduate and post-graduate teaching, VPs can also have a critical role in continuing medical education for self-assessment and formative learning. They serve to inform surgeons about updates on recent best-practice and evidence-based guidelines and references to pertinent literature.
Available without geographical constraints, 24/7, they can form the beginning of a dialogue among colleagues as well as with the clinical content expert(s). For those charged with teaching residents they can be used form the basis for active group discussions and educational research activities.
Active CAGS members have access to the full case library via the member portal. New cases will be added throughout the year.
Example of case library
These activities are an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by Canadian Association of General Surgeons.