The Clinicians’ and VP space

Friday, 6 April, 2012 - 14:30 to 16:15
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The need for training and updating knowledge in tele-orthopaedics: opportunities for mEducator technologies uptake

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This presentation will deal with two studies that demonstrate the use of telemedicine in orthopaedics. The work was developed in collaboration with the Pafos General Hospital, the Nicosia General hospital and the University of Cyprus. The first study deals with everyday practice scenarios where the expert is asked to provide expert knowledge from a remote location to a trainee in orthopaedics or other medical practitioner who happen to be with the patient. Medical data such as x-rays, videos, MRI, and photos from the incident are easily transmitted via a telemedicine device to the location of the expert providing an accurate information for the expert in order to be able to form an expert opinion an thus advice accordingly. The second study will show how trainees in orthopaedic can be benefited by watching remotely and asking questions while an expert performs a specialised operation. This facility can work both ways thus giving the opportunity to any surgeon to consult during the operation an expert should the need for such help arises. Both studies can be recorded and retrieved at a later stage for educational purposes and retraining courses. The mEducator platform has provided a very practical tool for utilizing use case scenarios.
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mEducator application: Transforming an educational and awareness institute on line

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Traditionally, medical education was combining didactic instruction with hands-on learning in the clinical setting. However, physicians’ specific needs are difficult to be addressed, especially in continuing medical education (CME) programs. The Institute for the Study of Urological Diseases, an organization dedicated to promote public awareness and health professionals’ CME has a long history of organizing public campaigns and different types of educational activities, such as clinical courses, master classes and consensus meetings. During the last year, we are working intensively to transfer all the educational experiences we have earned into a web-based educational and awareness educational platform. Based on mEducator, we were able to present in a friendly way all the material we have selected through the years and remained unused, as well as to use the platform in order to built up our future courses in a truly interactive way. The first application of the new development is ready to take place this month during the 5th Interactive School of Urology.
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Preventing Heart Diseases in the children ages: prospects of using mEducator technologies in the CHILDRENHEALTH regional project

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Several assumptions regarding the onset of cardiovascular diseases have been made during the a Greece-Bulgaria cross-border collaboration project which run from 2006 to 2008, by assessing and eventually mitigating the problems from the increasing of obesity and cardiovascular diseases in the general population starting from the infancy. A recently initiated regional collaboration project aims to foster cross-border scientific collaboration between Greece and FYROM. All the data that will be recorded within this project (known and new clinical risk factors for obesity and cardiovascular diseases, statistical elaboration of clinical and genetic data in order to create individual risk profiles for the under study children and personalization of the intervention) will lead to (i) Informing the general population about the problems related to obesity and the health problems correlated to the accumulation of adipose tissue in a more targeted way, (ii) Informing and educating teachers and rural doctors, but also families about the possibilities of prevention and health education. The clinical study will be complemented by the use of state-of-the-art technologies and Best Practices arising from mEducator project. Web3.0 tools such as the semantic wiki for semantic tagging of findings which will allow the cross-institutional analysis of health-related issues will be initiated. To this extend the use of Web2.0 tools for effective communication between health professionals and cross-border populations as well as for collaborative learning will be exploited by the use of mEducator resources.
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Training Professionals in Elderly Health Care: prospects of using mEducator technologies in activities of the Greek Federattion of Alzheimers Associations and the DISCOVER project

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The Greek Association of Alzheimer Disease and Relative Disorders (GAADRD) is a non for profit organization that was founded in 1995, by relatives of patients suffering from Alzheimer Disease as well as by doctors of all specialties that deal with the problems caused by this disease and by other types of dementia. The Panhellenic Federation of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders consists of linked Associations of Alzheimer’s Disease all over Greece, the mission & aims of each of which are concerned with the early diagnosis of dementia, the promotion of research, the education and training for all the stakeholders, the development of Care Units for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as, the provision of useful information and advice on dementia problems (caring, legal or financial issues). Both GAADRD and the Federation have got an active and long lasting tradition of continuing education programmes for elderly care professionals. This includes classic seminars, as well as, teleconferences and related digital material with up-to-date information of both theoretical and care practice importance, thereby composing a real thesaurus of digital content. Recent experiences and training material from the LongLastingMemories project (www.longlastingmemories.eu) has recently been added on this content, while recent developments on semantic wiki applications fertilising applications in this domain empower the existing educational content in different ways. This is where the technologies developed throughout the mEducator project (www.mEducator.net) come into action. Much of the aforementioned material is now under transformation into becoming mEducator compliant; a dedicated mEducator instantiation will form the near future residence of this material. This will form the basis of a new EU funded project called DISCOVER, which aims to tackle 3 main issues: increased digital competences and engagement of social inclusion actors (carers);increased use of ICT solutions for delivering social support and care; and raising the profile of social inclusion work. The project will create a new service to deliver digital skills training for carers. The DISCOVER platform will aim to integrate the existing systems and provide access to rich digital skills learning experiences. In this presentation emphasis will be given on the above preparations currently undertaken by the Medical School at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the GAADRD in order to facilitate the successful application of the technologies and the content for the benefit of elderly carers.
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Using Self-Assessment Virtual Patients on Mobile Devices

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Background: Since 2009, the undergraduate course at St George’s, University of London (SGUL) has used online Virtual Patients (VPs) to deliver its Problem-Based Learning (PBL) curriculum. VPs allow learners to explore the consequences of the decisions that they make, providing a rich and engaging learning experience ideally suited for the teaching of clinical reasoning. In addition to the PBL sessions, SGUL provides students with a structured programme (1-3 per week) of additional VPs designed for formative self-assessment, which correspond to and complement the learning provided by the PBL curriculum. However, when provided through a web interface, student take-up of these resources was considerably lower than anticipated. Objective: To address low student usage of self-assessment resources by offering VPs on a delivery platform that better suited their working habits for self-directed learning. Method: Based on the results of a student survey, conducted annually, that polls student use of mobile devices, an app that allows virtual patients to be played on mobile devices was developed. The app included assessment functionality such as single best answer and enquiry-based questions, and cumulative scoring, and allowed VPs to be downloaded to the device and played without the need to maintain a network connection. The design of the app was informed by both usability studies and student feedback. Results: The app was first released to students in September 2011, and the same assessment VPs are made available on the app as on the web. Feedback from students indicates that the app has been warmly received, and that the self-assessment resources are now being used more widely, with a higher student-uptake. Conclusions: Student motivation to make use of self-directed learning resources was increased by using a delivery platform which suited their learning needs and working habits.
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Justification of Medical Cognition: A Virtual Patient Project

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PURPOSE: To develop and evaluate the effectiveness of a software application for creating and presenting structured case simulations to second year medical students. METHODS: Using ASP.NET and VB.NET, an application for computerized case simulation was created. This software was used for the teaching of an Immunity and Infectious Disease lab to second year JMC students and feedback was collected from the students using an online survey. RESULTS: Survey feedback from student participants was strongly suggestive that the exercise aided student learning and was a positive addition to the JMC curriculum with 86.2% of students selecting Agree or Strongly Agree in response to questions evaluating the pedagogical value of this exercise. CONCLUSIONS: Although still early in development, the application is a promising platform for enhancing the medical school curriculum by providing structured computerized encounters with virtual patients.
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