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Training session turns real: UVA medical student saves man's life

from Augusta Free Press

For years, retirees Jim and Louise Malloy have enacted a wide range of physical maladies in their role as "standardized" patients at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Standardized patients help to prepare medical students for their future interactions with patients in hospitals and clinics. For Jim, his role as a standardized patient recently proved lifesaving. In March, Jim was assigned to play a patient with an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), a condition in which a small section of the lower aorta begins to balloon. Common in men between 65 and 75 years old, such aneurysms can easily go undetected and can be fatal if they burst. more

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