Lessons learned in modeling virtual pediatric patients
n two applications the authors are developing virtual pediatric characters for training and assessment. One application, a virtual pediatric standardized patient, is intended for medical school students rotating through pediatrics to train and assess their basic communications and procedural skills while interacting with kids. The other application presents at-risk teenagers with vignettes to assess risky behavior and impulsivity. Both applications rely on existing responsive virtual human technology. The authors are engaged in preliminary clinical trials for the work described in this paper.