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Friday, August 7, 2009 - 2:07am

Almost Like the Real Thing

Updated: 5 years ago.
Jamison Weir, a second-year medical student, takes a medical history from "Amanda Jones," an avatar projected from a plasma television monitor, at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Part of a medical student's education is learning how to interact with patients on a personal level.

A good bedside manner, especially when it comes to dealing with scary diseases like cancer, could mean a more thorough exam and precise diagnosis.

Technology, in the form of "virtual patients," is providing a relatively new and emerging avenue for medical students in Augusta to learn more about how to talk to patients.

These "patients" are actually avatars, much like the characters in video games, and respond to what a medical student says and does.

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