Today's Interaction

You will be interacting with Vinny Devito

(NZ) In this interview, you are a speech pathologist in an outpatient clinic. You see new patients in order to conduct medical history. Vinny Devito has come in complaining of problems when he swallows. Assess his swallowing difficulty and take a history of current therapy. Provide advice if you identify a problem with his use of medication or lifestyle.

Today's Goals

Your Goals for today are to:

Obtain a patient history and identify the issue with Vinny Devito. Advise Vinny on an appropriate course of action based on your findings.

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Suggested Best Practices

Ask One Question at a Time

  • Try focusing only on one topic at a time
  • Avoid either/or questions: For example, Ask "Do you smoke?" and then ask "Do you drink?" instead of asking "Do you drink and/or smoke?"

Be Specific

  • Virtual humans can get confused when you use vague terms or questions with pronouns
  • If interviewing a patient about his symptoms, refer specifically to the symptom. For example, ask "Does the headache bother you?" instead of "Does it bother you?"

Stay on Topic

  • Virtual Humans can't talk about everything; however, with your interaction today, Vinny Devito will improve for future interactions
  • Here's some useful information about Vinny Devito to help give you a better idea of Vinny Devito's current conversational scope
    • This patient has talked to hundreds of health professions students and has over 370 responses to almost 3300 questions. This patient can talk about topics in the areas of: • Chief complaint • History of present illness • Medical history • Family history • Social history

Getting Started

  • You should always first greet your patient.

  • After greeting, you should then find out the chief complaint.

    • For example, you could ask Vinny Devito: "Tell me what brings you in today?"

  • After asking some open ended questions to understand why your patient is visiting you, you should then follow up with some closed-ended questions.

Above is a screenshot of a similar view of what your interaction with Vinny Devito will look like. Take a minute or two to hover over the icons to get more info on how your interaction with Vinny Devito will work.


  • To make progress in your interview, you need to make discoveries about Vinny Devito.
  • Overall, there are 12 total discoveries

Interview Progress

  • By making discoveries, you complete stages of the interview
  • Stages and discoveries are color coded, so you will know which stage a discovery belongs to.
  • Your interaction with Vinny Devito has 3 stages. They are:
    • History of Present Illness
    • Medical History
    • Diet and Eating Habits

Being Proficient

  • It's not required to find all 12 discoveries. You only need to find a certain amount per stage to be considered proficient
    • History of Present Illness
      • 6 discoveries are in this stage. 6 are important discoveries. 6 important discoveries need to be found to be proficient
    • Medical History
      • 3 discoveries are in this stage. 3 are important discoveries. 3 important discoveries need to be found to be proficient
    • Diet and Eating Habits
      • 3 discoveries are in this stage. 3 are important discoveries. 3 important discoveries need to be found to be proficient

Finishing Your Interview

  • After you've completed your interview with Vinny Devito, finish up by telling Vinny Devito goodbye

  • To end your interview, look for the "Finished?" tab in the Digital Chart.

  • In this tab, you can click the "Go To Patient Assessment" button to summarize your findings to Vinny Devito

Ready To Begin?

Great! You are now ready to begin your interview with Vinny Devito!