The project TAME is funded by the programme Erasmus+ for the period 2015-2018. It is being coordinated by Karaganda State Medical University (Kazakstan) with participation of St George’s University of London, Karolinska Institutet Sweden, Masaryk University, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Zaporozhye State Medical University, Bukovinian State Medical University, Astana Medical University, University Kebangsaan Malaysia and University Sains Islam Malaysia. Its overall objective is to introduce innovative pedagogy methods that will provide training for students against medical error.
Virtual Patients are ideally suited to develop expertise in clinical reasoning through exposure to either a large number of cases, or a smaller number of cases with the possibilities for a variety of disease built into the case narrative and virtual management opportunities. Virtual Patients allow students to experience medical error processes, often by making the wrong decision but in a safe environment, having the opportunity to discuss why it is happened. This project takes Virtual Patients into the clinical apprenticeship stage of medicine and using uses VPs to teach clinical decision-making during the clinical apprenticeship phase of medical training.
The specific objectives are:
- To develop a Virtual Patient methodology based on virtual case histories to enable future physicians to avoid most common medical errors in the diagnostic and therapeutic process on a safe environment, before exposure to real patients.
- To transfer knowledge and experience from the institutions which have already gone through a successful implementation of learning methods in paediatrics, develop paediatric (modules) in each institution as exemplar studies.
- To use the experiences gained in the exemplar study to create similar resources in different clinical attachment areas in each institution.To use supra-regional ePBLnet, MEFANET, and other medical education networks to create, share and disseminate these multi-lingual, multi-cultural resources aimed at avoiding or decreasing medical errors.
With the achievement of TAME’s objectives, a great need for the changes in the national healthcare system will be fulfilled. The training methodologies will be improved, in order to minimize morbidity and mortality resulting from medical errors. Thus, healthcare costs will decrease, the quality of therapy will increase and the public trust in physicians and medicine will be enhanced.