Enhancing Medical Education through e-Portfolios on Emergency Life Support

H. Owen, S. Skinner, C. Carapetis, C. Sprick, and K. Hayres (Australia)

Keywords

Medical education, eportfolio, resuscitation, simulation, flexible learning

Abstract

Medical education and clinical practice have undergone significant change and this has required a rethink of the way we teach management of medical emergencies. There is evidence that many new graduates are not able to provide lifesaving treatment to seriously ill patients but there is no generally agreed acute care curriculum. A web-based system should be able to provide our students with the information they need on learning and assessment of acute care knowledge, skills and attitudes. This is important for it be accepted by users. We have used the PebblePad e-portfolio to aggregate evidence of achievement from multiple sources. We have used the e-portfolio to take assessment beyond occasional snapshots to one of recurrent self analysis and reflection on personal abilities and personal continuing professional development. This is the foundation of life-long learning, a core attribute of health professionals. Students use video-recordings of their performance in immersive (full-mission) simulation to demonstrate they can provide emergency care and they use their analysis of the event to guide further learning. Students ‘publish’ the video in their e-portfolio and this allows independent verification of our standards of training. This approach can be extended to postgraduate training and continuing professional development.

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