Virtual Medical Education Forum 2021

The 2nd Medical Education Forum (MEF) hosted from 4 to 6 May 2021 as a virtual meeting was an opportunity to review and summarise current research outcomes in medical education. It was organised by Jagiellonian University Medical College, McMaster University and Polish Institute for Evidence-Based Medicine. The live event had five speakers from the DID-ACT project (Samuel Edelbring, Inga Hege, Sören Huwendiek, Małgorzata Sudacka & Andrzej Kononowicz) and had 110 participants from 24 countries, most of them from Canada, Poland and Ukraine.

The recorded videos are available on the Medical Education Forum virtual platform that has been visited so far by 503 unique users from 35 countries, who spent an average of 1 hour on the website.

Samuel Edelbring (University of Örebro, Sweden) shared research results and experiences from learning activities in which students from different professions engage in the same virtual patient case. This interprofessional use of virtual patients can occur with students in the same room on campus, then triggering a rich interprofessional clinical reasoning. However, an attractive benefit of these interactive clinical scenarios is that they may be used in more flexible online settings. Samuel shared research data from such a setting in which medical and nursing students first engaged individually with four cases, then selected one as a basis for an interprofessional encounter: Virtual patients and interprofessional clinical reasoning

Soeren Huwendiek (University of Berne, Switzerland) presented about Workplace-based assessments that allow supporting junior doctors in building their competencies. In this talk factors were presented on how to support learning with workplace-based assessment methods to bring them to their full potential. Further, strategies were presented to support learners in clinical reasoning. Then the merge of the two before mentioned aspects was presented namely how best practice workplace-based assessment to foster clinical reasoning should look like: Workplace-based assessment to foster clinical reasoning

Andrzej Kononowicz (Jagiellonian University, Poland) presented about virtual patient simulations: The effectiveness of virtual patient simulation in medical education. See also his recent blog post with reflections on this topic.

Małgorzata Sudacka (Jagiellonian University, Poland) presented about teaching clinical reasoning in practice (Original title: Nauczanie rozumowania klinicznego w praktyce).

Inga Hege (University of Augsburg, Germany) provided an overview about the DID-ACT project in Developing a longitudinal clinical reasoning curriculum – an international initiative

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