Projects

At the beginning of October 2018, a call was sent out via the Student Council and the Programme Directors among all Erasmus MC students and lecturers to submit project plans for the resources from the Higher Education Quality and Innovation Agenda (HoKa resources) for quality improvement in education. This has resulted in 35 project plans that have been assessed by the programme directors, employee and student participation bodies, and quality assurance advisors. This has resulted in 14 projects that were  approved and have started. Below is a description of these projects.

The increase in student numbers within Nanobiology is disproportionate to the desire to provide small-scale education. The use of trained student assistants from their own study program to support the Nanobiology seminars that are given within Erasmus MC ensures that small-scale education can be maintained. Lecturers will also be able to focus more on their teaching duties, thanks to this extra support.

Medical students must complete a research elective in the master’s phase of the program. This is preceded by an intensive program, in which research methods and techniques are taught. The research elective consultancy project offers students guidance during their research period by means of consultations that are available upon request. Ph.D. students from departments with methodological and statistical skills (such as Epidemiology, social health care, Biostatistics) will act as advisors during these consultations. Where necessary, the advisors can fall back on the knowledge of their (co-)supervisors or members of the project and steering group.

Medication errors are a major cause of health damage, including hospital admissions. Research shows that recently graduated physicians are prone to make most errors in prescribing as a result of limited knowledge of and experience with the prescribing medicines. To improve prescribing skills, a "student-run clinic" will be started in which interns can gain experience with treating patients at the outpatient clinic, drawing up a treatment plan, prescribing drugs, and checking the policy as agreed upon, under the supervision of a internist-clinical pharmacologist.

For academic courses, a blended form of education is being developed with differentiated and adaptive online forms of learning that encourage students to prepare well for contact education and to match their knowledge and / or interests. This makes small-scale education more intensive and effective. Attention is also paid to evaluation and research into optimal design choices and effectiveness.

Currently, it is difficult for students to prepare or study surgical approaches. Information on the internet is not always freely accessible, is difficult to understand, qualitatively poor or outdated. Anapptomy is a mobile pocket book where students can study the most common operations step-by-step, adapted to the level expected of the medical intern, by means of photographic representation and textual support. All content is developed in consultation with the departments of Anatomy and Surgery at Erasmus MC. This creates a reliable source of surgical anatomy that is accessible anywhere, anytime.

Today's health care is inconceivable without technology. Nevertheless, the introduction of mainly digital technological innovations is lagging behind in practice. This is partly due to the lack of triggers: doctors and medical technologists who are able to translate research into practice. In this project we want to encourage medical students and Clinical Technology students to develop themselves so that they are able to critically assess digital innovations and take a leading role in translation into clinical practice.

Diversity and inclusivity (D&I) is not given enough attention within the medical program (from the 2017 visitation report of the Medical program of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)). As a result, the Erasmusarts (the Erasmus Physician) is not optimally prepared for his / her future work as a doctor in the midst of a diverse society. By achieving the goals of the D&I project for the Erasmus Physician, medical students are taught knowledge, skills and attitudes through small-scale and activating education. These attitudes are necessary in order to treat patients from minority groups in an equal and non-judgmental way. The above ambitions can only be achieved by providing the Erasmus MC teaching staff with skills that enable them to supervise students and make their own education more 'inclusive'.

In order to make optimal use of the current Education Center, some adjustments are necessary. The current project plan makes improvements to the Education Center phase 1 on a number of points, which lead to better use of all spaces for the benefit of the organization and for the benefit of the students. This will improve the learning climate and enable us to invest in a responsible manner in the Education Center phase 2.

Society demands socially engaged doctors. This should be encouraged early in their training. This can be achieved through group projects aimed at questions from medical and social organizations, such as the municipality,  street doctors, institutions for elderly care, GP groups, and prevention projects being stimulated by medical specialists. This involves working in groups for several months - and with intensive supervision by a teacher - with fellow students from different backgrounds. During these projects, students come into contact with various groups from which they can learn from their social environment as well as from each other.

Medical interns often experience arbitrariness in their assessments. What are the conditions under which subjectivity can be reduced? This project focuses on analyzing and improving the entire system of feedback and assessment in the medical master's program. Main purpose: optimizing the assessment system, aimed at quality improvement and more longitudinal testing and assessment, and providing tools for assessors and supervisors in assessing and giving constructive feedback.

Erasmus MC aims to ensure that 80% of its students gain experience abroad. Adequately counseling students during their internship abroad is a challenge, because information is fragmented and ambiguous. By developing a web-based environment, the student gets 24/7 insight into which student exchange options are available and which steps to take before-during-after the internship. This web-based environment also provides the program director and course coordinator 24/7 with information on the student's progress in the preparation process.

In the curriculum information system (CIS), meta-information and educational content of the bachelor's and master's programs in Medicine are recorded, primarily for the benefit of the lecturers and the training organization. The CIS-Student project now aims to give students access to the information and functionality relevant to them in the CIS in such a way that it offers clear added value for their study.

The best professional in the best place! We want to optimally guide and inform our professionals of tomorrow, our students, in the career choices that lie ahead of them, well before they have obtained their master's in Medicine. We also want to offer students the opportunity to explore all their talents, so that they can make a sustainable career choice based on those two elements. This way they make the best choice with the right knowledge!

The CEI is a community of students and teachers who want to improve education, allocating funds to ideas that have this goal in mind. These are projects that have a rapid and concrete effect on education. These ideas are assessed by the BG Council (the guidance group of the HOKA funds). Project applications are submitted by a student together with a teacher. In this way there is continuous improvement of education through co-creation.

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