Virtual Patients

MiriamMiriam
Interact with Miriam and her family as a series of five individual cases. If you complete all, you will get a better understanding of addiction beyond being a disorder that affects individuals to one that impacts families and vice versa.
Start a case: Miriam Age 15 | Ethel | Dudley | Miriam Age 42 | Ashley

Marilyn
Assess your clinical reasoning skills and expand your understanding of process and substance addictions. You will meet Jake, a 15-year-old boy, in a state of psychosis who was brought in to the Emergency Department by his parents; Marilyn, a 74-year-old woman who presents to her family doctor's office after a fall at home; and a 32 year old male who comes to his family doctor with marital problems.
Start a case: Female, 74 | Female, 45 | Female, 35 | Male, 9 | Male, 15 | Male, 32 | Male, 48 | Male, 60

You can access these cases all together here.

Acknowledgements

Produced by:

Marcus Law, MD MBA MEd CCFP Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Peter Selby, MBBS CCFP FCFP DipABAM Chief of Addiction,

CAMH Reviewed by: UofT/CAMH Virtual Patient Advisory Committee*

Developed by: The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Sponsored by: Palix Foundation


Medical Careers
A game for workaholic medical students. Students must successfully balance money, reputation and health, according to the winning strategy that each player defines at the outset of the game. Have fun and explore some of the concepts from Early Brain & Biological Development around process addictions and maladaptive behaviours.
Start the case: Medical Careers

 

Street Drug Guide
Reference the Street Drug Guide for information that is not easily available from traditional medical sites. The reference tool includes a set of short cases on how to engage with patients on their use of street drugs. There is also a personal web notebook to complement the guide. 
Start the case: Street Drug Guide

BethSeven short virtual cases
Seven short virtual patient cases related to street drugs on topics such as delirium, troubled students, deteriorating mental state, prenatal issues, anger and substance issue, vomiting.
Start a case:
Adam | Alice | Ann | Beth | Bruce | Joan | Vince

HarrietHarriet
The Harriet case offers students an opportunity to learn about issues of addiction and mental health within an emergency room setting. This case is broken into three main sections – sad, bad and mad Harriet. The learner is encouraged to investigate, explore, ask questions, and make decisions based on realistic clinical encounters with the patient, members of the patient’s family, and caregiver team.
Start the case: Harriet 

PolluPolly
The patient is a 45 year old female nurse, Polly, who is on longterm disability following a back injury at work.  Her previous GP has retired and she has come to the office seeking a new primary care physician.  There are limited records from the previous GPs office.  Her chief medical concern is her chronic low back pain.
Start the case: Polly 

Acknowledgements

Produced by:David Topps, MD CCFP FCFP
TIDE, University of Calgary

Developed by: The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

Sponsored by: Palix Foundation

Reviewed by: TIDE Virtual Patient Advisory Committee**

*UofT/CAMH Virtual Patient Advisory Committee Dr. William Greene, Assistant Professor, Division of Addiction Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida Dr. Marcus Law, Educational Technology, University of Toronto Dr. Francine Lemire, Associate Executive Director and Director of Professional Affairs, College of Family Physicians of Canada Steve Pennell, Manager, Health Education Technology and Learning, Health Sciences Information & Media Service (HSIMS), Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland Dr. Jorge Perez-Parada, Assistant Professor; Undergraduate Medical Education Director (Clinical), University of Alberta Lindy VanRiper, Psychiatry Resident, University of Alberta Dr. Peter Selby, Clinical Director, Addictions Program, CAMH Nicole Sherren, Scientific Director & Program Officer, Palix Foundation Irving Gold, Vice President, Government Relations and External Affairs, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Matthew Raegale, Project Manager, e-Learning, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

**TIDE Virtual Patient Advisory Committee: Dr. Dave Campbell, MD Graduate, University of Calgary Dr. Jean Clinton, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, Associate, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University John Costa, Information Technology Unit, University of Saskatchewan Dr. Aravind Ganesh, MD Graduate, University of Calgary Dr. David Topps, Faculty, University of Calgary Dr. Bryan Kolb, Faculty, Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge Nicole Sherren, Scientific Director & Program Officer, Palix Foundation Irving Gold, Vice President, Government Relations and External Affairs, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Catherine Peirce, Project Manager, e-Learning, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) developed the virtual patient cases as part of the Addiction e-Learning for Undergraduate Medical Education (UME). The virtual patients include a set of self-directed, interactive cases designed to highlight intergenerational issues related to addiction. There is a point-of-care reference tool with streetwise phrases and virtual patient cases for group based study with teaching guides. These virtual patient cases were developed by e-learning, clinician educators and addictions experts from across Canada and the United States with sponsorship from the Palix Foundation.