Hello everyone, I am very happy to share my experience as an InSimu ambassador, organizing a workshop in University Mayor de San Simón from Cochabamba, Bolivia.- Adriana Quiroga Velasquez
How did you come up with the idea of organizing a diagnostic workshop?
One day I received an email announcing "InSimu University", then I searched the InSimu official website and after reading about the project I didn’t hesitate to apply to my university to give the opportunity to more students to have this learning experience.
What was your motivation by organizing this workshop?
Since I participated in the first InSimu diagnostic competition with my colleagues Pía Guzman and Julio Cesar last year. I have become a fan of InSimu.
As medical students, we don't always have access to practice with patients and to exercise our clinical diagnostic skills, so I think that InSimu can give us that opportunity. Since the first time I used InSimu I felt the motivation to learn more, and I wanted the other students of the university also to have that experience.
What was the feedback of the students?
The students really learned and enjoyed it. I want to read an opinión from Alejandra Ovando, one of the students who participated.
“The InSimu experience seemed to be one of the most practical learning strategies to develop our diagnostic skills, being that it is easy to use and accessible to all.”
How could you describe your experience as an organizer? What was your task in this?
I think that organizing an InSimu workshop at the university enables students to apply their medical knowledge in an interactive, fun, and different way. In addition, doing it with the rest of their class provides them teamwork abilities. At the end of the activity, the students were very excited, motivated, and eager to solve a new clinical case.
The first step is to find a motivated professor who is willing to implement a new learning strategy using technology as a tool. So I want to make a special thanks to Dr. Guardia, Professor of Pathology at University Mayor de San Simón, for supporting us during this process and his great willingness to implement this amazing tool.
So my second task was to coordinate meetings between Dr Guardia and InSimu Team to coordinate what would be the issues of medicine the students would solve in the challenge and the date.
Before the workshop, I contacted the group; they were 4th-year medical students, to explain and practice the functions of the app. Also, to help them creating their profiles so that they will be ready for the challenge during the class.
During the workshop, I explained the challenge, gave them a code to join the same challenge prepared for the InSimu team for them, and collaborated solving some doubts, translating some words. Some students had difficulties with the language, however, they have also been able to take advantage of this experience and solve the clinical cases with the necessary translations. They really enjoyed it.
How do you see the future of this kind of workshop?
Would you continue them? Why?
Definitely, because I would like to have more and more students benefit from this tool.
I want to invite medical students around the world to hold workshops in their universities and check the benefits by themselves.
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