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Mobile education in autopsy conferences of pathology: presentation of complex cases

Kerstin Schrader1, Trong-Nghia Nguyen-Dobinsky2, Klaus Kayser3 and Thomas Schrader3*

Author affiliations

1 PhysioAkadem – Schule für Physiotherapie, Berlin, Germany

2 Multimediazentrum MMC Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

3 Institut für Pathologie, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

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Diagnostic Pathology 2006, 1:42  doi:10.1186/1746-1596-1-42

Published: 9 November 2006

Abstract

Background

MeduMobile was a project to develop and evaluate learning scenarios for medical students and teachers by use of video communication and notebooks. Its core part was assigned to various medical routines, conferences or meetings such as doctor-patient bedside conversation. These were filmed by video teams and broadcasted live via the WLAN of the Charité campus to course participating students. One type of the learning arrangements was the autopsy conference as an on-call scenario.

Materials and methods

The MeduMobile project consisted of two main compartments: the regular seminar event which took place every week or month, and the on-call event. For an on-call event the students were informed two hours before the lesson's start. A mobile video team organised the video conference via a specific MeduMobile seminar system. This software offered the students to log. The MeduMobile seminar system is based on the Windows operating system and realises an extended video communication via WLAN. Thirteen access points were implemented at the Charité Campus Virchow Klinikum and Campus Mitte. A questionnaire was developed to investigate in the response and learning effect of the mobile seminar system.

Results

During the MeduMobile project 42 video conferences with (cumulative) 145 participating students took place. Four autopsy conferences could be organised as on-call scenarios within this project. A prospective, not randomised follow-up study was included 25 students of the 1st – 6th clinical semester. According to the answers, professional reasoning, professional performance, sustainability, and the complexity were broadly accepted by the students.

Discussion

In principle, the MeduMobile realised an interdisciplinary case presentation using video conference and web page. The evaluation indicates a high acception of such complex case presentation with multidisciplinary settings. The use of the notebooks in mobile learning enables an interconnective training and promotes a complex learning.