Medical studies require acquiring information from many fields (as evidenced by the statutory minimum number of 5700 hours of classes - not including the time of self-study!).
It is equally important to simultaneously acquire the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to practical conduct. This is a difficult challenge, especially in the face of the growing number of students in practice groups resulting from the epidemiological restrictions of limiting classes with the patient, the relatively small number of hours of classes assigned to simulation centers, and the emphasis on memorizing theoretical details.
What if there was a place where you could acquire proficiency in examining, diagnosing, and treating the patients and where independent decisions are made in safe conditions? A platform resembling a computer game in which you can play the role of a doctor at any time and from anywhere in the world?
In response to the urgent need for practical education and meeting medical students' expectations, solutions based on new technologies are emerging.
It is an interactive tool enabling practical learning based on solving medical cases. Like in real life, the diagnosis is made after collecting an interview, conducting a physical examination, and ordering appropriate additional tests. After the diagnosis, therapeutic procedures affecting the patient's condition are implemented (depending on the accuracy of our decisions, it may improve or worsen).
Implementing medical simulation in medical education makes it possible to use knowledge in conditions similar to real conditions and to develop the right way of dealing with various situations (the so-called "ability to think clinically").
Thanks to its form, the Virtual Patient gives the opportunity to safely make mistakes and summarize the case, which medical students and beginner doctors appreciate.
Case-solving learning effectively improves theoretical knowledge and develops conscious clinical management, increasing confidence in dealing with an actual patient.
Numerous studies confirm that learning based on solving medical cases is more effective than the traditional form of teaching:
A wide database of clinical cases is created by experienced doctors, and its development is supported by artificial intelligence. Thanks to this connection, the user can access an infinite number of Virtual Patients, and each case is unique.
On our platform, case solving reflects a real visit. The interview covers a wide range of questions. During the physical examination, visual inspection, auscultation, palpation, percussion, and neurological examination are possible.
Unlike other applications, the additional medical tests for Medcases are not limited, and we interpret the results ourselves - ECG, chest X-ray, blood tests... it is up to us what we consider essential in the diagnosis.
Conveying the actual conditions means we have to consider the consequences of our actions.
First of all, tests cost money. When we exceed the budget, we will not gain the recognition of superiors, and we can expect a deduction of points for expenses. Secondly - patients react to our decisions. Computed tomography of the abdomen in a pregnant patient is not the best idea, and intravenous contrast administration to an iodine-sensitized patient may end tragically.
It is similar to the treatment – depending on the therapeutic procedure's accuracy, the Virtual Patient's condition may improve, remain unchanged or worsen. Finally, we are given an analysis that indicates the strengths of clinical management and the aspects that should be improved.
Medcases creates a community focused on Virtual Patients. Under most simulations, there is an overview of the author of the case, and the comments section is conducive to exchanging experiences and dispelling doubts.
By joining Medcases, you receive access to thematic courses, articles, and exams, including the Question Base for the polish Medical Final Examination, divided into thematic sections along with the author's comments!
Our platform also comprehensively analyzes effectiveness in diagnosing and treating Virtual Patients in the "Statistics" tab.
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