A University of Virginia medical student who thought he was just taking part in a training exercise is now being credited with potentially saving a man's life.
Med student Ryan Jones was participating in the standardized patient program at the medical school. Actors are assigned a specific condition they pretend they have, and medical students try to figure out what is wrong with their "patients" by listening to their complaints and examining them.
Actor-patient Jim Malloy was told to portray the symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which happens when the main blood vessel that brings blood to the abdomen, pelvis, and legs becomes enlarged. The condition can grow for many years without symptoms. It is most commonly seen in men over the age of 60 who have emphysema, genetic risks, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and who were or currently are smokers. … Read more