Fifteen Years of Experience from a Medical School’ Clinical Skills Laboratory

Authors

  • José Miguel Pêgo Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS). School of Medicine. University of Minho. Braga. Portugal. ICVS/3Bs - PT Government Associate Laboratory. Braga/Guimarães. Portugal.
  • João José Cerqueira Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS). School of Medicine. University of Minho. Braga. Portugal. ICVS/3Bs - PT Government Associate Laboratory. Braga/Guimarães. Portugal.
  • João Bessa Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS). School of Medicine. University of Minho. Braga. Portugal. ICVS/3Bs - PT Government Associate Laboratory. Braga/Guimarães. Portugal.
  • Vitor Hugo Pereira Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS). School of Medicine. University of Minho. Braga. Portugal. ICVS/3Bs - PT Government Associate Laboratory. Braga/Guimarães. Portugal.
  • Sara Gomes Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS). School of Medicine. University of Minho. Braga. Portugal. ICVS/3Bs - PT Government Associate Laboratory. Braga/Guimarães. Portugal.
  • José Mariz Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS). School of Medicine. University of Minho. Braga. Portugal. ICVS/3Bs - PT Government Associate Laboratory. Braga/Guimarães. Portugal.
  • Rita Sousa Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS). School of Medicine. University of Minho. Braga. Portugal. ICVS/3Bs - PT Government Associate Laboratory. Braga/Guimarães. Portugal.
  • Pedro Morgado Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS). School of Medicine. University of Minho. Braga. Portugal. ICVS/3Bs - PT Government Associate Laboratory. Braga/Guimarães. Portugal.
  • Nuno Sousa Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS). School of Medicine. University of Minho. Braga. Portugal. ICVS/3Bs - PT Government Associate Laboratory. Braga/Guimarães. Portugal.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20344/amp.8408

Keywords:

Clinical Competence, Computer Simulation, Education, Medical/methods, Patient Simulation, Portugal, Simulation Training

Abstract

Introduction: Medical Education has evolved being defined as a continuum of the medical training from the pre- to the post-graduate period and through a lifetime of medical practice that is mirrored in the competencies framework that several international institutions have established. This creates a challenge to educational institutions (pre- and post-graduate) that traditionally take separate pathways.
Material and Methods: The present report is a description of the efforts carried by the School of Medicine of the University of Minho to implement a strategy of teaching/learning methods that follows modern standards towards constructive alignment of the medical curriculum, from the pre- to the post-graduate. The faculty members responsible for these activities make a narrative self-report of the activities developed and where available quantitative data from participant surveys are presented.
Results: In order to achieve a constructive alignment of educational/assessment strategies several steps were taken that focused on the revision of the learning goals, teaching methodologies and assessment strategies. This implicated the investment in the training/
certification of faculty, acquisition of simulation tools and a dedicated infrastructure. Alumni were a fundamental cornerstone as voluntary faculty contributing to pre-graduate training, but also training their own scholar skills. Overall, courses are rate with a high rate of satisfaction among course participants.
Discussion: Setting up the present teaching/learning environment of the School of Medicine of the University of Minho required a collective effort of the faculty, as well a progressive investment in both acquisition of equipment and training of staff. These human and material efforts, however, lead to an excellent return in learning outcomes.
Conclusion: The main conclusion is that the constructive alignment of educational and assessment strategies towards the medical education continuum needs reflective thinking on the learners’ needs. The secondary gain of these initiatives is to provide opportunities for junior doctors to practice teaching.

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Published

2017-02-27

How to Cite

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Pêgo JM, Cerqueira JJ, Bessa J, Pereira VH, Gomes S, Mariz J, Sousa R, Morgado P, Sousa N. Fifteen Years of Experience from a Medical School’ Clinical Skills Laboratory. Acta Med Port [Internet]. 2017 Feb. 27 [cited 2023 Feb. 6];30(2):85-92. Available from: https://actamedicaportuguesa.com/revista/index.php/amp/article/view/8408

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