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Digital patient-centred learning in medical education: A national learning platform with virtual patients as part of the DigiPaL project.
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Journal Article
  • Authors:
    Jennebach J, Ahlers O, Simonsohn A, Adler M, Özkaya J, Raupach T, Fischer MR
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    Doc47, ?
  • Journal:
    GMS J Med Educ
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    Published online
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  • Keywords:
    competency based education, curriculum mapping, problem solving, virtual patients, Humans, Education, Medical, Undergraduate, Curriculum, Faculty, Medical, Learning, Licensure, Medical, Clinical Competence, Germany
Background: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the medical faculties in the Federal Republic of Germany converted their curricula to digital formats on a large scale and very quickly in spring 2020 as an emergency measure. At the same time, a start was made on the nationwide exchange of digital teaching/learning materials via the online platform "LOOOP share" in order to save local resources. Among other things, virtual patient cases (VP) were shared across faculties for case-based learning, through which students can acquire clinical decision-making skills. Objectives: Within the framework of the cooperation project "National Learning Platforms for Digital Patient-Related Learning in Medical Studies" (DigiPaL), the usability of VPs for students and teachers should be improved, and the spectrum of disease patterns that are covered by VPs should be systematically expanded. Results: With the participation of many locations, a total of 150 VPs were developed by 96 case authors from 16 faculties, in addition to the existing 403 VPs. The thematic selection was made on the basis of criteria oriented to the National Competence Based Catalogue of Learning Objectives for Undergraduate Medical Education (NKLM). After completion, these VPs were also made available to all faculties for free use via "LOOOP share" and the CASUS learning platform. Discussion: Even after the pandemic, these developed VPs should be available to the faculties and thus make a lasting contribution to improve medical training in Germany - especially in light of digital teaching formats being expressly advocated on the basis of the adapted current Medical Licensure Act (ÄApprO). A possible application is interdisciplinary learning of clinical decision-making with the help of blended learning formats within the framework of a longitudinal curriculum. The large number of involved colleagues and faculties shows that the nationally coordinated development of VPs across faculties was commonly seen as useful.
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