Summary statement

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Summary statements are short texts of two or three sentences that succinctly represent the patient’s health problems in the context of a VP simulation. This helps learners elaborate and show the process of mental abstraction done by transforming relevant patient-specific details using semantic qualifiers.


  • Smith S, et al. The Development and Preliminary Validation of a Rubric to Assess Medical Students’ Written Summary Statements in Virtual Patient Cases: Acad Med. 2016;91(1):94-100.
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