Investigating the use of Cognitive maps on Learning and Receiving feedback with virtual patient Cases

Dabean FarajMedical student Dabean Faraj is studying for a Bachelor of Science degree intercalated with his medical degree, from September 2015. Dabean’s research project iCLerC (Investigating the use of Cognitive maps on Learning and Receiving feedback with virtual patient Cases), which he is undertaking along with Dr. Rakesh Patel, builds on the previous Virtual Ward project (BADGER), in which students use engaging software to diagnose virtual patients. The new project focuses on diagnostic reasoning.

The ability to correctly diagnose a condition, given the varying symptoms and other information available to a doctor, is a crucial target for medical educators.  Dabean’s research will harness the power of Virtual Ward software, plus cognitive-mapping techniques, to observe and graphically represent students’ thinking and questioning patterns. The resulting cognitive maps will be analysed and compared with model patterns leading to correct diagnoses and management considerations. Students’ reception of this approach will then be experimentally compared with their use of the usual list form of feedback.  Findings from this research will help to shape the delivery of the Medical curriculum at University of Leicester, and should lead to exciting developments as the Medical school continues its pioneering of innovative mobile learning in health sciences.

This presentation was given by Dabean Faraj at the NHS Expo 2015 Conference in Manchester, September 2015.

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