On January 27, 2020 David Tvildiani Medical University launched the pilot project of clinical reasoning training for senior medical students known as Practicum Universities. This multicenter pilot study, jointly coordinated by the Practicum Institute and the European Board of Medical Assessors, aims to investigate the effectiveness of Practicum Script as a standardized educational resource to enhance problem-solving skills among students in clinical rotations. The experiment will consist of the simulation of 20 real clinical Internal Medicine cases during the academic year and the participation includes more than 2000 senior medical students from 25 top medical schools worldwide.
The project, targeted at final year students, is ongoing and the plan is to obtain psychometric results by the end of 2020. During this time, the platform will be tested in more than 20 top medical schools from Europe, the US and Latin America. In retrospect, clinical cases were created by an editorial team from Imperial College London, and then reviewed by an international reference panel consisting of internal medicine specialists from fifteen medical schools, including Drs. Liza Goderdzishvili and Ketevan Kapanadze from David Tvildiani Medical University, who provided rationales for their decisions in the different clinical scenarios.
The experts agree that there is a need to implement effective approaches for the development of clinical reasoning skills and this program enables to teach and assess development of clinical reasoning in a managed and controlled way. This experience through the training would empower its participants for the real-life situations of decision making, including ambiguous contexts".