Grand Rounds : Archive, 2003-2013

Dr. Jorge G. Ruiz

Dr. Ruiz is an associate professor of clinical medicine and director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship in the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He is also the associate director for education/evaluation, a senior investigator and co-director of the advanced geriatrics fellowship at the Bruce W. Carter Miami VA Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center. Dr Ruiz is a fellowship-trained geriatrician and a medical informatics fellow of the National Library of Medicine, board certified in internal medicine, and geriatric medicine. An expert in e-learning in medical education, Dr. Ruiz is a founder and the director of GeriU (http://www.geriu.org), the Online Geriatrics University, and the GRECC Laboratory of E-learning and Multimedia Research (LEMUR, http://lemur.geriu.org) where he directs an interdisciplinary team of investigators, research fellows, 3D animators, multimedia specialists and e-learning programmers.

His research interests include web-based geriatrics education, virtual worlds, virtual patient simulations, and computer-based clinical decision support and just-in-time training. He and his team have most recently introduced the use of avatars and intelligent virtual agents for improving the quality and access of Internet-based continuing medical education and patient self-management of chronic diseases programs such as diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome, overactive bladder and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Ruiz has authored several peer-reviewed publications and developed with his team a multitude of innovative e-learning multimedia resources to train health care professionals and patients.