Meet Patrick, The Robotic Bubble Butt Teaching Med Students About Prostate Exams

Sorry guys, looks like a robot is replacing willing men who would have subjected their butts to medical students learning how to give proper prostate exams.

Meet Patrick, a simulated patient that talks to medical students, offering them real-time feedback about the virtual prostate exam he’s receiving.

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Students are using the device to familiarize themselves with intimate exams before they ever perform the exam on a live patient.

This virtual human patient can talk to the learner, expresses fears and concerns about the prostate exam, and presents a realistic patient encounter,” Lok told Geekosystem.

Patrick comes equipped with force sensors which alerts students when they are being too aggressive, and provides feedback on how thorough the student was in his or her examination.

“Consider this,” Lok said, “how would a medical student know if they are doing a good prostate exam? Currently it is impossible for the educator to gauge performance. This simulation provides performance, feedback, and an opportunity to learn and lower anxiety.”

You can find Patrick happily bent over a table at Drexel University and at the University of Florida.

Watch Patrick in action below:

h/t: DangerousMinds