Case based learning (CBL) is a valuable tool that helps students forge a better connection between theory and practice. Studies have shown that CBL can help learners develop deeper levels of empathy and compassion, and have a meaningful impact on patient outcomes. So, how can real patient experiences enhance CBL?
1. Opportunity to see theory in practice
Real patient videos expose students to actual scenarios that they may otherwise not have access to. During clinical rotations, students will only witness the conditions and demographics of the patients who happen to seek care at that time and place. But, with a library of over 700 real patient video cases at their fingertips, covering 1000+ different topics, students can explore a much broader spectrum of conditions.
They can also see how a decision will impact patient outcomes, both positively and negatively. Our cases include content that not only informs students of what treatments the patient received, but also what the actual outcomes were.
2. Exercise analytical techniques
Evaluating real patient cases teaches powerful decision-making skills in the face of complex, sometimes ambiguous, situations. While exploring our cases, learners will have to sort through and analyze the data provided to come to a conclusion, a skill which they can later apply to real-world situations.
3. Keep learners engaged
Many educators use our real patient cases in their curriculum to expose learners to real-world experiences and keep them engaged. The anchoring videos, showcasing a genuine interaction between a real patient and practitioner, help students build a deeper connection with the content, leading to more involvement and interest in the material. And, since our cases serve as an exemplar of what students will actually face in their clinical practice, it’s easy for them to relate the content to their own lives.
4. Repeatable scenarios
Aristotle once remarked “It is frequent repetition that produces a natural tendency”. The patient encounters students have in the clinic, while highly valuable, aren’t conducive to repetition. Real patient video cases combine the best of both worlds; real patient experiences plus repetitive review to help students transition their skills from the conscious to the subconscious.
5. Ideal for visual learners
Nearly everyone is a visual learner to some degree, and one of the best ways for visual learners to take in new information is through video. Video stimulates the viewer both audibly and visually, aiding in information retention. Our dynamic video cases help bring the content to life and create a visceral experience for students.
6. Build clinical confidence
With our ReelDx Skills feature, students can practice essential pre-clinical skills, such as SOAP notes, differential diagnosis, and vital sign interpretation, using real patient cases. After students complete the assigned Skills, you can then provide them with valuable feedback to help them feel better prepared and more confident when transitioning from the classroom to clinical practice.
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