Full Code AI empowers medical learners and professionals to improve their standard of care through realistic, AI-powered simulated patient conversations available anytime, anywhere, and on any device.
Full Code Medical, the creator of the award-winning Full Code Medical Simulation, has launched Full Code AI, the world’s first integration of ChatGPT into a medical simulation software platform. In an effort to create a more realistic virtual simulation experience for all learners, Full Code has integrated this AI chat framework to help medical learners practice communication with virtual patients. Full Code AI combines ChatGPT’s language model with Full Code Medical Simulation’s extensive case library to simulate realistic, open-ended conversations with Full Code’s virtual patient models while gathering their clinical history. This allows medical learners and professionals to practice patient dialogues in a safe, virtual setting before treating similar cases in the real world.
A pioneer in the burgeoning field of software-based medical simulation, Full Code Medical hopes that this development will help support its mission of reaching learners around the world with accessible, realistic virtual simulation.
“Our mission is to bring realistic & easy-to-use medical simulation to the world,” says Michael McLinn, CEO of Full Code Medical. “By leveraging the latest advances in technology, we’re able to use ChatGPT to power our patient communication and take our virtual simulations to the next level.”
While many medical learners are developing these communication skills on the job with live patients, Full Code Medical Simulation offers a safe, easily accessible, and infinitely repeatable method of practice, available on any standard device. With Full Code AI, learners can repeatedly test out their patient communication skills in a way that’s intuitive and realistic but low risk, fast-forwarding their learning process and preparing them for efficient and effective patient care before they even come face to face with their first patient.
While medical simulation has been a key part of hands-on medical training for decades, the limitations of traditional simulation make innovation necessary to provide sufficient hands-on practice for medical learners. The majority of medical simulation today is still practiced with expensive, cumbersome medical manikins in even more expensive brick-and-mortar facilities. Sometimes trained specialists, called standardized patients, may follow a script to act out an in-person simulation session. These methods are expensive, difficult to schedule, and resource-intensive. While it plays an important role in medical education today, in-person simulation is not regularly repeated enough to provide the reinforcement needed for true clinical competency.
“The main limitation is brick and mortar space,” says Kimo Takayesu, Chief Medical Officer at Full Code. “And the schedule — the schedule is a nightmare. People work nights, evenings, weekends, some people have different days off, times off, et cetera. And so, it’s like trying to get multiple layers of Swiss cheese all to line up with one single hole through the whole thing in order to get the learner, the support staff, and the teaching faculty together to have that moment for focused simulation training.”
With Full Code’s software-based simulation, however, learners can practice patient interaction in a safe environment every day – as many times as needed, as long as it takes to gain confidence and competence. And now, with the incorporation of Full Code AI, Full Code’s learners can also practice patient dialogues at a volume impossible to replicate without the power of AI. This means more accessibility to practice patient communication, which could put the learning process on fast-forward and help empower future practitioners to save more lives.
“With the app, what we’re able to do is to take all of the cognitive aspects of that simulation experience, and have it transmit across time and space so that people can do it anytime and anywhere,” says Takayesu.
In addition to enhancing the realism of virtual practice, AI patient interaction can help reinforce compassionate practice in an increasingly sensitive landscape, helping medical learners prepare to treat patients of diverse backgrounds in an equitable and respectful fashion.
“It’s important that early medical learners know how to interact comfortably with people of different backgrounds than themselves, who come from a different race, different culture, different gender identity, or different sexuality. Full Code gives them a safe place to practice appropriate patient interaction, without the risk of adding stressors to real people already dealing with life-threatening illnesses.”
Full Code Medical is uniquely positioned to bring the power of AI to medical learners around the world because of the popularity of its medical simulation, which boasts a 4.8-star rating on the App Store and over 1.5M users. In addition to receiving the top ratings in the industry, the Full Code mobile app has remained the #1 result for medical simulation on both Google Play and the App Store for years. While other pioneers in the field of software-based medical simulation have incorporated AI into their systems, Full Code hopes that by leveraging the most advanced AI chat technology available today, they can provide an even better experience in their top-rated software already praised by medical professionals around the world.
McLinn says this is just the company’s first foray into harnessing the power of AI, and they’re interested in seeing where it goes in the future.
“AI has a long way to go, and we’ll be continually updating as new developments hit the market, but we’re excited to be at the frontier of using this particular technology to improve virtual patient interaction,” says McLinn.
While the ChatGPT functionality still has some limitations beyond their purview, Full Code hopes to iterate and evolve their integration along with advances in AI chat technology.
“As AI innovation advances, we hope to continue to improve Full Code AI to make an even more realistic simulation for our users. We decided to use the best that’s out there right now, but look forward to continuing to work with AI partners to build the most realistic medical simulation platform available,” says Michael McLinn.
Full Code AI has been rolling out to users this month, aligned with Full Code Medical Simulation’s 3.2 release. Current users will have the opportunity to use the new feature or return to the legacy system, and the company will be refining the feature in future iterations.