Keynote lectures

The MEFANET 2018 conference will include attractive plenary sessions including invited speakers' lectures.

Martin Adler

Instruct AG

Martin Adler has graduated in Computer Science at the Technical University in Munich in 1996 and is specialized in database management systems. From 1997 until 2001 he worked as project manager and software developer at the Department for Medical Education at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich. 2001 he won a business competition and cofounded the spin-off company Instruct AG. For this company he works since 2001 as CEO and lead software developer. He has experience in developing and sustaining international e-learning projects.

CASUS – a software for creating and learning with virtual patients

The Casus software and related projects have a long history. Originally started in 1993 at the University of Munich (LMU), the project was established to support case-based learning concepts, or so-called virtual patients (VPs) in healthcare education. The project was implemented by an interprofessional team from medicine, pedagogy, psychology, and technology. Even when the project was transformed into a spin-off company in 2000, the contact to students and educators was still close; further developments were based on the results of academic research and educational projects and still benefitted from close cooperation with national and international networks. Even though VPs have a long tradition in healthcare education, their creation and maintenance is still an ambitious task that has to overcome barriers, such as curricular integration and structure to update the content. The presentation will give an overview about the project, actual state, technical developments and reasons of created concepts as well as successful examples of VP creation and curricular integration. Exemplary successful projects with collaborative learning on virtual patients will be demonstrated. An outlook to potential future opportunities in the field of virtual patients such as learning analytics and automatic assessment methods will be given.

Michal Nowakowski

Jagiellonian University, Krakow

Surgeon by training, teacher by heart. He run Department of Medical Education of Jagiellonian University for 9 years before moving to postgraduate education. Lead or co-lead two large EU project on improvement of medical education at this home institutions. Coordinated national project of implementation of simulated based learning in Poland. Currently he serves as a member of Board of Directors of European Board of Medical Assessors and promotes good quality assessment practices in Europe. He helped to train educators and assessors from almost all medical schools in Poland and facilitated OSCE implementation in a number of medical schools in Poland and abroad.

Implementation of Objective Structured Clinical Examination. Description of Good Practice based on four successful implementations

Objective Structured Clinical Examination was implemented at the 3rd year of Jagiellonian University Medical College in 1999. Since then every year we gained experience and knowledge, polished our skills and implemented more OSCE exams at the 2nd and then 6th year of our curriculum. Through series of workshops and training courses we learned also a lot about training methodologies that work for busy teachers at medical universities in various medical schools in Poland. Two more years passed and we developed a compact and effective methodology of implementation of OSCE principles in medical schools. The prototype model of implementation was tested on our own ground, refined and then applied at 3 other medical schools in Poland and Ukraine. At the moment we offer our help to all those who cherish quality of assessment as much as we do.

Our methodology is based on few basic principles. We provide basic knowledge about OSCE, give an overview of logistics and run workshops to help participants to develop their own stations and then design their own exam. Then we supervise delivery of first small scale OSCEs and facilitate scaling up of the procedure. Instead of providing full exam we develop the local capacity that leads to sustainable results. OSCEs that we help to develop are tailored to particular medical schools needs which facilities sustainability.

During the lecture I will describe critical concepts and present methodology that we developed so that the others may follow the same path avoiding some of mistakes that we made along the way.