The arrival of Practicum Script to the university sphere has gained momentum after the annual conference of the European Board of Medical Assessors (EBMA), held on November 23 and 24 in Braga (Portugal).
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The Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina (UCA) has joined the EBMA program to participate in an international, multicenter, research program that will include the application of Practicum Script to fourth- and fifth-grade medical students.
"Many times in medicine you have to deal with uncertainty, and that is the gray spectrum; learning to handle shades of gray is the art of medicine." These words were said by Dr. José Manuel Mella, a coeditor of Practicum Script in the area of Gastroenterology. The Argentine physician argues that "as you see more patients, you find (...) easier ways to solve the same problem."
We interviewed Dr. Leopoldo Pérez de Isla, a Practicum Script validator and Head of the Cardiovascular Imaging Unit of the Hospital Clínico San Carlos in Madrid (Spain). We asked him about matters such as medical criteria, training of clinical reasoning skills, and experimentation in an environment free of consequences.
Practicum Script has launched a new campaign with four new training courses in Spain, Argentina, and Ecuador. The academic offer is supported by the Clinical Cardiology Section of the Spanish Society of Cardiology (SEC) and is sponsored by Mylan, the Argentine Federation of Cardiology (FAC), and a leading laboratory in generic compounds with a strong presence in Ecuador.
Dr. Adrián D'Ovidio explained that "it is the policy of our national board to continue with the agreement," referring to the agreement signed in 2016 between the organization that he leads, the Argentine Federation of Cardiology (FAC), and the Practicum Foundation. Thanks to this agreement, both institutions commit to continuous medical development and catapult the international fame of the simulator of real clinical cases, Practicum Script.
Prof. Dr. Alberto Lifshitz, a recognized Mexican medical educator, "shares the view that diagnosis by analogy, which is the most often taught, is insufficient." In his opinion, what Practicum Script does while breaking with traditional formats of single correct answers and confronting uncertainty, "is not a very well understood subject by hard scientists, but it is the scenario in which we, clinicians, move."
Prof. Dr. Adrian Freeman is an expert in medical education and president of the European Board of Medical Assessors (EBMA), an organization that has audited the Practicum Script simulator a year ago. His conversation with Practicum Script suggests that timing and international vocation are the tool’s main credits.