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Academic Innovations
October 1, 2003

Virtual Patients Help Medical Students Link Basic Science With Clinical Care

JAMA. 2003;290(13):1700-1701. doi:10.1001/jama.290.13.1700

Sometimes Catherine Niewoehner, MD, does her best writing in the wee hours of the morning. Her subject could be whether William Coolfeather's depression will improve in the face of economic upheavals at work and the fact that his volatile, elderly father has moved in with him. Or she could be plotting 80-year-old Elias Trappen's downward health spiral and how to help his family deal with his decline.

"I wake up at 3 AM and just jot things down," says Niewoehner, professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis .