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J Educ Eval Health Prof. 2018 Mar 7. doi: 10.3352/jeehp.2018.15.5. [Epub ahead of print]

Medical students' experience receiving formative feedback from the first-person perspective using Google Glass in an objective structured clinical examination station during the family medicine clerkship in the United States.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Orange, CA USA.



This case study explored the use of Google Glass in a clinical examination scenario to capture the firstperson perspective of a standardized patient to provide formative feedback of students' communication and empathy skills "through the patient's eyes".


During a three-year period between 2014-2017, third-year students enrolled in the Family Medicine clerkship participated in a Google Glass station during the summative clinical examination where standardized patients wore Google Glass to record an encounter focused on communication and empathy skills "through the patient's eyes". Students completed an online survey using a 4-point Likert scale about their perspectives on Google Glass as a feedback tool (N=255).


We found that the students' experience with Google Glass "through the patient's eyes" was largely positive and students felt the feedback provided by the Google Glass recording was helpful. Though a third of the students felt that the Google Glass was a distraction, the majority believed that the first-person perspective recordings allowed an opportunity for feedback that did not exist before.


Continuing exploration of first-person perspective using Google Glass to improve education around communication and empathy skills is warranted.


Google Glass; communication; educational assessment; empathy; formative feedback; medical education

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