Takeaways from the 2022 NAEMSE Symposium

Rob Humbracht shares his experience after attending the 2022 NAEMSE EMS Educator Symposium and short video clip of Dr. David Spiro's presentation from the event.

ReelDx was proud to present and sponsor the NAMESE EMS Educators Symposium this past weekend in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. David Spiro gave a talk on Clinical Skill Development Using Case-Based, Real Patient Video Content. We thought you, dear reader, would enjoy learning the content of that breakout session.

Traditional, in-person education is never going away. Yeah, yeah, yeah, the Metaverse is the future, but if we’re going to train health care providers who are actually going to treat patients, a big part of that training must involve hands-on clinical care in the clinic itself.

But there’s never enough time in the clinic to develop the skills students need to do their future jobs. Program directors that spoke to ReelDx at the NAEMSE conference voiced concern about the lack of clinical readiness in their students, how they had “no idea” what it would be like to work as a paramedic, for example. And students these days have a multitude of obligations to go along with their learning, with many managing multiple jobs and other classes along with their healthcare training.

The solution is to make the non-clinical learning as realistic as possible. And the best way to do that is to use real patient video.

This was great! Not only was it a great session for clinical practice, but it also gave me ideas on how to teach assessments and differential diagnosis.

Our CMO and co-founder, Dr. David Spiro, addressed this very issue in his session at the conference, "Clinical Skills Development Using Case-Based, Real Patient Video Content". In the video below, David Spiro teaches from ReelDx case 403.

The feedback we received from session attendees was astounding! About 97% of the audience rated the presentation positively, with many stating that they were inspired with new ways to approach teaching. And we, in turn, were inspired by the many conversations we had with attendees on how we can better deliver high-quality content to you and your students.

Why does real patient video enhance learning?

1. It feels real. So, duh. But one of the biggest challenges of non-clinical learning is to see the clinical application of that learning. And the video brings it to life, ESPECIALLY for new learners who don’t yet understand the immediacy of treating patients.

2. Unlike the clinic, instructors can control what students see. Working an ER shift, for example, may bring the kinds of patients you want students to see, or it may not. You’re at the mercy of who shows upthat day. But not with the real patient cases.

3. Everyone is working off the same case – professors and students are both working from the same set of facts (vital signs, demographic, etc.) so everyone is on the same page.

4. Most importantly, the video cases are like batting practice. They give the students live reps that reinforce the skills they will eventually need to work in the field.


So, while it’s true that hands-on clinical instruction is irreplaceable, using real patient video cases can supplement the learning, make students better prepared, and get them excited about their future career.

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