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Virtual Patient Case #1: Mr. Karl Andrews - Chief Diagnosis: Atherosclerosis

Virtual Patient Case #1: Mr. Karl Andrews - Chief Diagnosis: Atherosclerosis

Medical College of Wisconsin
AAMC/John A. Hartford Foundation
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
John A. Hartford Foundation
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Virtual Patient Case #1 is the first in a five part series. This is a CD-ROM containing short video clips of Mr. Andrews from age 65 to age 80. The clips show progression of patient wellness and disease, highlighting ADL's, CAD, genetics, impotence, obesity, peripheral arterial disease, pharmacology, prevention/screening, stroke and rehabilitation. Also included are screening tests, radiograph images, still pictures and reports providing an array of resources for instructors to use in incorporating geriatrics into their teaching. To facilitate access to these audio/visual resources, the files are indexed by basic science courses, clinical rotations, and an additional 50+ other topics. This individual Virtual Patient case for Mr. Andrews can be downloaded above (click Mr Andrews CD Image). Once you have downloaded the CD image, follow the instructions below. The Virtual Patient Cases can also be purchased individually or as a series. For more information, please visit our website at

Educational objectives: 

To integrate the AGS's Basic Competencies for Care of Older Patients (Attitudes, Knowledge, Skills) as a longitudinal thread throughout the medical student curriculum or in discrete teaching interactions by adding these case-based image resources to existing instruction. Particular emphasis focuses on: 1) Cerebrovascular Disease 2) Diabetes Mellitus 3) Ethical Issues 4) Obesity 5) Peripheral Arterial Disease Geriatric patients are a wonderful resource for illustrating key basic science and clinical concepts. By incorporating these learning objects into your instructional materials, we hope to achieve our ultimate goal: to provide needed exposure to issues commonly encountered with aging patients not only acutely, but life long. We hope that these easily accessible learning objects will enable you to use your creativity as a teacher to make our "virtual patients" come alive, thereby improving the care for geriatric patients.

Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

This CD-ROM allows the instructor to incorporate case-based images for specific teaching needs. This case was created for use with medical students. It could also be used with practicing physicians. Learning environments where this case could be used include the Classroom, a Focus Group, Image Source File, Small Groups, Case Studies INSTRUCTIONS Using a .iso Disk Image file you downloaded from POGOe: A file with the extension '.iso', of which many are available for download with various POGOe products, is a replica of a CD saved on the hard drive. These are often called CD Images or Disk Images. This is a common way to distribute software over the internet that normally comes on a CD. Unfortunately on Windows operating systems, including Windows XP and Windows Vista, you cannot simply click a Disk Image file and open it like a CD. Follow these instructions to access the contents of the .iso file. Mac OsX -------------- Just Click the file and it opens like it was a CD. Windows ------------- 1) Burn the image to a CD using burning software. (To do, insert instructions for how to do that with windows explorer.) Then eject and reinsert the CD. or 2) Install software that treat .iso files as if they were a CD and let you access them from your hard drive. Search on the internet for these tools. Such as this Microsoft Product( , or other ones that we have used are Iso Recorder (free) and Power Iso. As of 3-12-2009 you could find a list of Vista compatible free tools with reviews here ( All Operating Systems ------------------------------ Once you can access the contents in the .iso file, if the program does not start automatically, check the notes in the product page or in the files within the Disk Image for instructions on how to launch the program.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 3:58pm
Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
Edmund Duthie

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Virtual Patient Case #1: Mr. Karl Andrews - Chief Diagnosis: Atherosclerosis. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2009 Available from: