Instigated by the success of the diagnostic course supported by InSimu Patient app in the previous semester, it has been relaunched this fall at the University of Debrecen under “Problem-based Learning and Skills Practice with InSimu Patient app”.
As its title suggests, the diagnostic course is grounded on problem-based learning (PBL) that is a student-centered instructional method in which students learn about a subject through the experience of solving an open-ended problem found in trigger material. Trigger material in this case is a virtual patient with various symptoms presented to the students in each class provided by InSimu Patient app, waiting for diagnosis - similarly to the InSimu workshop held at Semmelweis University.
The PBL tutorial process involves working in small groups of learners, therefore the InSimu course has been designed to host a maximum of 20 medical students in the classroom, helping them identify what they already know, what they need to know and how to access new information that will lead them to the resolution of the problem. Teachers adopt the role as facilitators of learning by supporting, guiding and monitoring the learning process and building students' confidence to take on the problem, while also stretching their comprehension and developing skills used for their future practice.
In order to comply with the above mentioned guidelines a different specialist physician is invited to each seminar of the course to present and discuss a medical case of this special field using a differential diagnostic procedure - a systematic diagnostic method used to identify the presence of a disease where multiple alternatives are possible. This technique is basically a process of elimination or at least a process of obtaining information that narrows the probabilities of "candidate" conditions to negligible levels, by using evidence such as symptoms, patient history and medical knowledge, which, additionally will also support medical students to master complex diagnostic thinking.
InSimu Patient, the educational app for medical students is practically a patient simulator giving medical students the possibility to practice their clinical skills on an infinite number of virtual patients in the safety of virtual environment with the full scale of diagnostic methods. Having all the diagnostic tools of a real physician, users can achieve diagnosis through infinitely many pathways. Mimicking all possible aspects of real-life diagnostics, InSimu Patient fills a huge gap between theoretical education and practices, allowing learners to develop critical thinking, communication and clinical skills without risk to real patients.
Our mission with InSimu Patient app is to enhance the diagnostic competency of medical students on an international scale and to fill a tremendous gap in modern medical education between sufficient clinical practice and real life experience. InSimu Patient provides an efficient platform for medical schools to follow and improve students’ performance.
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