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Community Event - Team-Based Learning and Virtual Patients in Medical Education

This year, the Body Interact Community Event counted on the presence of 4 speakers who addressed 4 different areas: Teaching/Learning, Assessment, Research, and Innovation.

Once again this international event aimed to be an encounter of educators interested in sharing experiences and exploring innovative approaches to the use of Body Interact Virtual Patients, one of these presentations addresses the combination of Problem-Based Learning and Virtual Patients! Take a look:

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 Speakers Presentations

Speakers - Athena D. Awayan-Lat

Athena D. Awayan-Lat

Professor Athena Awayan-Lat is a Medical Education Consultant at St. Luke’s Medical Center-College of Medicine WHQM. Currently, in charge of Body Interact in her institution, she passionately advocates simulation-based learning in medical education.

Team-Based Learning (TBL) is a collaborative learning strategy. Differently from the traditional learning strategies, in TBL, the professor is required to reshape and redesign the learning process so that the groups of students work as a cohesive learning team.

The process of implementing TBL is composed of 3 stages:

  1. Before the class
    The professor is required to reflect upon the course content, identify learning goals and objectives, and define the grading system that will be used.
  2. In the 1st hours of the class
    The professor needs to prepare a readiness assurance process.
  3. Near the end of the course
    The professor reviews course concepts and addresses difficulties identified and students reflect on their strengths and areas for improvement and also assess how effective the team interaction was.

Professor Athena identifies as key benefits of this strategy the promotion of the development of interpersonal and team skills, and the capability to build and maintain faculty enthusiasm for their teaching role.

Team-based learning was introduced in St Luke’s Medical Center – College of Medicine WHQM in the Clinical Integration subject, and Body Interact Virtual Patient trauma case was assigned to the students as a pre-class activity:

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The structure implemented with Team-Based Learning also included 3 stages but was slightly adjusted to the phases of before, during, and after the class.
Feedback from students on TBL with Body Interact was really good, mentioning it as an engaging and fun pedagogical activity.

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Would you like to dive into the details of how St Luke’s Medical Center – College of Medicine WHQM implemented Team-Based Learning into the curriculum? Explore the video

Don’t miss the opportunity to go through the topics explored in this Body Interact Community 2024 – Advancing Clinical Competency: Virtual Patients in the Digital Age in the remaining posts!

What is a readiness assurance process?
It is a strategy composed of assigned readings to be completed outside of the class + Individual test composed of multiple choice questions + Team test + Inquiry about missed questions + Reviewing of key concepts by the instructor.

By Daniela Abreu – Body Interact Instructional Designer

Daniela Abreu - Body Interact Instructional Designer