Virtual patients in Occupational Medicine

Concise description:

This website offers a set of free lessons on such topics as diagnosis of abdominal pain (needle sticking health care worker), work place survey (laboratory), vibration white finger in relation to forest work, running nose and breathlessness fits (bakery),  mental health and low back pain (work stress), a pilot of an airplane meets various problems during a flight (how to manage), an electroplating company (toxicology). These lessons are presented in English and can be opened in our e-library as separate e-lessons. Other lessons are in Spanish (4) and/or German (6), these are not yet included in the e-library. It is necessary to register before the lessons can be approached.

Each lesson consists of text, illustrations and questions. Before one can continue, these questions (open or multiple choice) must be answered, where after the feedback can be checked. The lessons can be followed and displayed online only.

The level of the materials is variable: some are meant for anyone who has basic knowledge in health care and occupational health. Other lessons demand for advanced knowledge in medicine. Some specific terms used are explained (however, not all).

English Spanish German
Original Authors:
Authors vary per lesson.
Original affiliation, ownership:
Institute and Outpatient Clinic for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany
Year of publication:
Not indicated
Charge for use or free:
Free of charge
All kinds of diseases All kinds of other topics All kinds of risks at work All kinds of sectors Diseases (ICD-10)
Target group(s):
  • 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:
Each lesson can be completed within approximately one or two hours.

See the separate lessons in this library. Some lessons require a medical background.

Intellectual property and copyright:

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 registers and accepts these conditions prior to attending the on-line lesson.

Before downloading, changing, disseminating and/or using the lessons and courses, please look carefully at the conditions given by the authors or owners of the materials related to copyright or creative common conditions or other conditions for the downloading, changing, further dissemination and kind of use of the materials (non-commercial vs. commercial).

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