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Virtual Patients: Ergonomics IV. Computer workplace

This Virtual Patients lesson is relevant for medical students and professionals working in health care. After this lesson, you are able to identify the most important ergonomic tips and guidelines about arranging the computer work station (Desk, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Chair…), to define software ergonomics, to assess the ergonomic status of your own computer workplace design, to distinguish between the safety signs and symbols, and to describe the characteristics of danger caution signals.

Further, you will be able to identify the importance of color in the office environment, to describe if ergonomic education can affect the adolescence who are suffering from musculoskeletal symptoms due to computer use, to define Visual Ergonomics at the office, to obtain the know-how about using dual monitors, to state historical facts about several issues for e.g. (QWERTY keyboard, radiation warning symbols) and to use Prezi as a tool to prepare presentations.

The lesson contains 16 cards, which guide you through the topics. The cards provide descriptive texts, pictures, workplace information, expert comments, questions, and feedback. Often, cards present a task or question. After sending an answer, feedback is given. After passing all cards, you will get a red or green mark (enough correct answers). If you are following a regular course in Munich, a tutor can give comments. The lesson is given in English only.

General information about Virtual Patients & Work

The series of medical cases for medical students and physicians-in-training for Occupational Medicine has been developed by the Institute and Clinic for Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine at the LMU university (Munich, Germany), often with the help of other institutes. The cases, developed in 2006-2013, are still present-day in many countries, and useful for education. Nevertheless, cases might be not up-to-date or valid everywhere, for example regarding diagnostic procedures, risk assessment tools, therapeutic interventions, or figures like incidence rates. Differences may be caused by differences in time periods, contextual conditions, or populations. Discussion about such aspects in a group, with a colleague, or with a teacher, is an essential part of the learning experience.

Practical. Clicking the link below connects to the Casus website. Make an account going to ‘Register’. Use your e-mail address as LOGIN, fill in a personal password. When registration is completed, LOGIN again, select if needed the English language (see, under your name, ‘Options’, ‘Language). Go to ‘Player’, you see ‘Courses available’, select ‘Virtualpatient-Work.Net – English course’. Select this case. You can complete a case once. Changing answers after completing is not possible.



Original Authors:

Al Asadi Hazar

Original affiliation, ownership:

Clinical centre of the University of Munich Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Munich, Germany.

Year of publication:


Charge for use or free:

Free of charge


Target group(s):

Workers or managers; or in vocational training, graduate students, non-OSH-expert professionals, OSH experts; or in training

Usefulness for non-OSH-expert professionals:

Fully useful for non-OSH-expert professionals in health care or other sectors; or in training

Time demand to complete the lesson or course:

2 – 2.5 hr


Time is needed to read the literature given. Sometimes a link does not work. At the end, many references are given for further reading.
The lessons can be attended and completed online for free. No material may be copied. During the session, some private data will be stored. The learning materials can only be used if the user accepts these conditions prior to attending the online lesson.

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