Learning by Doing: the power of interactive patient case studies in medical education
As medical education continues to evolve, interactive patient case studies are becoming increasingly popular as an effective way to train physicians thereby creating a realistic and engaging learning experience.1
In a virtual hospital setting using a simulated patient scenario, physicians are encouraged to apply their medical knowledge to decide about potential next steps in the diagnosis and treatment process.
A well-designed patient case can present patient data in a structured manner, providing an overview of patient evolution and response to management over time. Expert comments help to understand certain treatment changes, and a connection with video or quiz elements helps make the case discussion interactive.
Interactive patient case studies can provide multiple benefits:
Overall, interactive patient case studies have a real potential to enhance medical education and patient care. By providing a secure environment, learners can gain valuable experience in practising their skills. Additionally, pharmaceutical companies that invest in the development of interactive patient cases can enhance their reputation, achieve business success and ultimately improve patient outcomes.
Usage of new technologies such as artificial intelligence as well as collaborations with societies represent exciting opportunities for the continued development and innovation of interactive patient cases ultimately to move knowledge from theory to practice.
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Bonney KM. Case study teaching method improves student performance and perceptions of learning gains. J Microbiol Biol Educ 2015;16:21–28.