The Practicum Institute participated in the XXIV Congress of the Spanish Society of Medical Education (SEDEM) / V Hispanic-Portuguese Congress, held in Salamanca between November 6 and 8, in parallel to a regular session of the National Conference of Deans of Spanish Medical Schools. Dr. Eduardo Hornos, president of the Practicum Institute, attended this outstanding event in medical education that brought together hundreds of experts in a meeting of important university tradition. The congress addressed learning innovations in the classroom and in clinical environments, simulation, assessment, teaching management, and the graduate-postgraduate interface.
Salamanca - November 20, 2019. Dr. Eduardo Hornos, president of the Practicum Institute, attended the last SEDEM meeting along with personalities including the president-elect of SEDEM and newly instituted member of the International Academic Council of Practicum Script, Prof. Dr. Jesús Millán Núñez-Cortés, the current SEDEM president, Milagros García-Barbero (whom we interviewed last year), and Pablo Lara, president of the National Conference of Deans of Medical Schools. According to García-Barbero, "the congress provides an opportunity to present teaching practices, debate, exchange opinions, and learn from the experiences of others."
The 2019 SEDEM meeting focused on teaching innovations. The objective of the meeting according to the SEDEM was to “identify, discuss, and disseminate practices that facilitate the adaptation of medical education to demands of the 21st century and to challenges created by the rapid development of biomedicine, communications, and globalization." For the SEDEM president, "not only have competencies changed but also the way of learning and communicating has changed, yielding greater complexity to medical education." This topic was addressed more deeply in the inaugural lectures on gamification by Marco Antonio de Carvalho Filho (associate professor at the University of Utrecht), and on flipped classroom by Alfredo Prieto (professor at the University of Alcalá).
Clinical simulation and assessment methodologies constituted other main areas of the meeting, which also included a discussion about the transition from medical school to residency and specialty. According to Dr. Hornos, “the combination of these aspects is a unique opportunity to mention the project of application of the clinical reasoning training simulator Practicum Script to medical students.” The project, known as Practicum Universities, includes the participation of the Complutense University of Madrid and Francisco de Vitoria University and is supported by the State Student Council, while the event in Salamanca allowed for dialogues with more medical schools.
"The central concept that we want to convey with this pilot program is that Practicum Script is not a teaching-to-use program but a collaborative learning community," mentioned Dr. Hornos. It is an online clinical challenge game that focuses on decision-making in dilemmatic cases of real patients. “The questions -continued Dr. Hornos- are not for the students’ assessment but for their future clinical practice. He emphasized that the main benefit of the program, which brings together 25 selected universities, is to abbreviate experiential learning. "We reinforce maturation of clinical skills in a self-regulated learning environment," he added.