U-Va. Student Diagnoses Actor With Life-Threatening Condition During Practice Exam

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBSDC) — A University of Virginia medical student who was taking part in a training exercise got a little more real-world experience than he expected.

It happened during a training program, where actors are told to pretend they have some sort of medical problem and it’s up to the students to figure out what’s wrong with them.

Ryan Jones was participating in the drill when he interviewed Jim Malloy.

Malloy was told to pretend he had an aneurysm when Jones detected real symptoms of the condition.

Jones told Malloy about his suspicions.

Malloy says he was surprised.

“I really didn’t think anything of it until the supervising doctor told me they had discovered something,” he said.

He has since had stent surgery to remove the aneurysm and has fully recovered.

U-Va. says Jones has been interviewing for residency programs around the country and plans to become an oncology radiologist.

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