"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.
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 campaign with four new courses in Spain, Argentina, and Ecuador. The academic offer is supported by the Clinical Cardiology Section of the Spanish Society of Cardiology and is sponsored by Mylan, the Argentine Federation of Cardiology, and a leading laboratory in generic compounds.
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, confronting uncertainty, "is not a very well understood subject by hard scientists", but it is the ideal scenario.
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.
In November 2017, the European Board of Medical Assessors (EBMA) endorsed the Practicum Script clinical case simulator as a useful platform to implement clinical reasoning. We talk to the psychometrist Carlos Collares to know more about the education impact of the tool.
The Argentine heart surgeon Jorge Trainini is a homo universalis. A pioneer in the use of stem cells in his specialty, today his main focus of study is the Medicine of Complexity, which has led him to be named Scientific Director of the Chair in Medical Education of the Practicum Institute.
Practicum has attended the “Looking Ahead in Progress Testing Conference 2018,” organized by the Medical School of the University of Exeter (UK) and the European Board of Medical Assessors (EBMA). The opening was led by Prof. Dr. Cees van der Vleuten, international consultant of Practicum Script and EBMA director.