Francis J. Real, MD, MEd

Attending Physician, Division of General and Community Pediatrics

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-803-4769

Email francis.real@cchmc.org

General pediatrics; health disparities; medical education; virtual reality

> Video: Watch how Dr. Real uses virtual reality training for doctors and families 

F. Joseph Real, MD, MEd, is an assistant professor in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Real completed his medical training at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and his pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children's. He completed a General Pediatric Master Educator Fellowship at Cincinnati Children's where he earned his Masters of Education from the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Real is interested in curriculum development aimed at improving care for underserved populations and use of technology specifically virtual reality (VR) in medical education. He recently completed a study using VR to teach residents best-practice communication strategies in cases of influenza vaccine hesitancy. His VR curriculum resulted in a decrease in influenza vaccine refusal among residents that participated. This work earned him the Academic Pediatric Association's Ray E. Helfer Award for creative, scholarly work in pediatric education. Dr. Real anticipates increased use of VR in medical education given its ability to allow for deliberate practice in a safe, immersive and realistic environment.

MD: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, 2012.

Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2012-2015.

Fellowship: General Pediatrics Master Educator, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2015-2017.

MEd: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2017.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2015.

View PubMed Publications

Real FJ, DeBlasio D, Beck AF, Ollberding N, Davis D, Cruse B, Samaan Z, McLinden D, Klein MD. A Virtual Reality Curriculum for Pediatric Residents Decreases Rates of Influenza Vaccine Refusal. Academic Pediatrics. 2017 May-June;17(4):431-435.

Real FJ, Michelson CD, Beck AF, Klein MD. Location, Location, Location: Teaching about Neighborhoods in Pediatrics. Academic Pediatrics. 2017 April;17(3):228-232.

Real F, Beck A, Spaulding J, Sucharew H, Klein M. Impact of a Neighborhood-based Curriculum on the Helpfulness of Pediatric Residents’ Anticipatory Guidance to Impoverished Families. Maternal and Child Health. 2016 Nov;20(11):2261-2267.

Real FJ, Walmsley D, Beck, A, Spaulding J, Anderson B, Klein M. A Self-Guided Tour of an Impoverished Neighborhood Changes Pediatric Residents’ Perspectives. Medical Science Educator. 2015 Dec;25(4):393-395.

Real FJ, Zackoff MW, Davidson MA, Yakes EA. Medical Student Distress and the Impact of a School-Sponsored Wellness Initiative. Medical Science Educator. 2015 Dec;25(4):397-406.