I’ve got my stethoscope draped cavalierly around my neck. I don’t actually need it today, but it makes me look smart. I boot up my computer and begin reviewing the case histories of the four patients in the waiting room.
Delia P. is a 65-year-old white female who “presents for follow up of poorly-controlled type 2 diabetes.” Charles T. is described as a 53-year-old man who has come in for an initial visit to “establish care” after not having seen a clinician for over a year. Jorge R. is a 58-year-old obese Latino male with a 4-year history of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia. And lastly, Caroline G. is a 58-year-old African-American widow who’s come in for a routine assessment of her type 2 diabetes and hypertension.
Thinking about which patient to take on first, I take a drag on my cigar and down a deep swig of Evan Williams cinnamon whiskey. Hell, why not? I’m only playing doctor today, and I’m working from home, to boot.
Don’t worry, I’m not practicing medicine without a license.
I’m test-driving the new interactive patient simulator program from the American Diabetes Association and TheraSim. It’s a Continuing Medical Education program for docs designed “to evaluate and reinforce best practices in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with diabetes.” It’s billed as the industry’s first fully-interactive patient simulator.
[AS: Click on the title link above to read the rest of Wil's post on the Diabetes Mine blog.]