Today's Interaction

You will be interacting with Lilly Smith

Your patient, Lilly Smith, has come in to the clinic complaining about problems swallowing.

Today's Goals

Your Goals for today are to:

Your patient is Lilly Smith. She is here today because she has been experiencing problems with swallowing. Assess her condition and advise appropriate followup action.

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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, Lilly Smith will improve for future interactions
  • Here's some useful information about Lilly Smith to help give you a better idea of Lilly Smith's current conversational scope
    • This patient has talked to hundreds of health professions students and has over 200 responses to almost 900 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 Lilly Smith: "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 Lilly Smith will look like. Take a minute or two to hover over the icons to get more info on how your interaction with Lilly Smith will work.


  • To make progress in your interview, you need to make discoveries about Lilly Smith.
  • 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 Lilly Smith has 5 stages. They are:
    • History of Present Illness
    • Medical History
    • Social History
    • Family 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
      • 5 discoveries are in this stage. 5 are important discoveries. 5 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
    • Social History
      • 1 discovery is in this stage. 1 is an important discovery. 1 important discovery needs to be found to be proficient
    • Family History
      • 0 discoveries are in this stage. 0 are important discoveries. 0 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 Lilly Smith, finish up by telling Lilly Smith 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 Lilly Smith

Ready To Begin?

Great! You are now ready to begin your interview with Lilly Smith!