Multiplier events

“We are our choices”: learning decision-making through scenarios

Date: 8 June 2016
Type: meeting of representatives of four projects exploring the development of interactive SBL in medical curricula across Europe
Description:

This meeting brought together 4 EC-funded medical education programmes in various stages of development or completion, ePBLnet, CROESUS, WAVES, and TAME, all of which had been involved in the development of interactive virtual patient scenarios for teaching and learning. These authentic scenarios are used for acquisition of knowledge, assessment, the development of decision making and clinical management, and for training against medical error. This joint meeting of programmes brought together a large network of institutions and businesses across Europe and Asia, focused on the provision of authentic immersive learning experiences for those training in professional competency.

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meeting of representatives of four projects exploring the development of interactive SBL in medical curricula across Europe click on the image to view the PDF leaflet
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Workshop on tools for virtual patients

Alignment with: MEFANET 2015, Brno: 9th international conference of Czech and Slovak faculties of medicine, focused on e-learning and medical informatics in the education of medical disciplines
Date: 25 November 2015
Type: Workshop
Description:

This workshop aimed at tools for virtual patients took place as parallel activity to the MEFANET 2015 conference. Although the event will was primarily intended for MU and UPJS participants, it was also open for other MEFANET members. Workshop participants were informed about tools used to create virtual patients. Furthermore, they learnt about CROESUS preferred VP implementation and its use across MU and UPJS, and subsequently all institutions participating in the MEFANET project.

A theoretical introduction was followed by presentations by clinicians of different specialties, who were trained within the CROESUS project in the development of branched virtual patients and in the application of these patients in problem-based learning (PBL) sessions; the presentations involved drafts of virtual cases as well as examples of their implementation based on the OpenLabyrinth platform. Dr Andrea Pokorna from the Faculty of Medicine at Masaryk University then commented on their presentations, providing a valuable feedback for authors. Dr Pokorna emphasised that virtual cases should be interactive and should not contain excessive amount of information in the form of texts, which might actually distract the user’s attention from solving the case. In the end, guests from the London team of Prof Terry Poulton also summed up their overall impression of the workshop.

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Workshop on the use of virtual patients (click to see more photos)  

Development of Interactive Scenario Based Learning in Medical Curricula across Europe

Alignment with: AMEE 2015, Glasgow: 42nd Congress of The International Association for Medical Education
Date: 5–6 September 2015
Type: two-day satellite meeting with following sessions at the conference
Description:

Problem-based learning (PBL) is a common method of learning within the undergraduate medical curriculum. Within the Erasmus+ funded CROESUS project, Masaryk University (Czech Republic) and University of Pavol Jozef Šafárik (Slovakia) have implemented interactive PBL cases in their clinical years of the curriculum using lessons learnt from St George’s, University of London.

The objective of the CROESUS and ePBLnet joint meeting was to explore the outcomes and future funding opportunities from both of the funded programmes, which have been transforming medical curricula in several universities across Eurasia. Both programmes focus on the use of virtual patients, particularly in problem-based learning, to provide a more immersive experience, offering students the opportunity to manage virtual patients, and to practice making decisions safely, before their clinical attachments.

This meeting disseminated outcomes of the two programmes so far, and worked towards a sustainability strategy to maintain and to enlarge the Eurasian Supra-Regional Network. The event was open for the participation of other stakeholders that would like to become part of this growing network.

Outcomes:
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Workshop on the use of virtual patients (click to see more photos) click on the image to view the PDF leaflet
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SBL in Medicine: Authoring and Implementing Interactive Virtual Patient Scenarios

Alignment with: MEFANET 2014, Brno: 8th international conference of Czech and Slovak faculties of medicine, focused on e-learning and medical informatics in the education of medical disciplines
Date: 26th Novemeber 2014
Type: Interactive session
Description: The interactive session on competency-driven education in medicine allowed participants to acquire knowledge about how educational activities and resources can be better designed to target clinical competencies, improving the preparedness of learners for clinical practice. The session covered available technologies, the use of scenarios, and how to address the challenge of curriculum transformation based upon the experiences of the contributing organizations: E-learning Unit at St George’s University in London and Institute of Biostatistics and Analyses at Masaryk University.
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