Clinical reasoning training programme

More than a simple technological solution to facilitate self-assessment and reinforce factual knowledge, Practicum Script offers a pedagogical methodology to address an ongoing concern in undergraduate medical education: the management of uncertainty in clinical practice. Practicum Script presents to students clinical challenges based on real cases of diagnosis, treatment, and investigations. The students compare their decisions with those provided by dozens of international experts and will be able to review evidence from the scientific literature. Beyond the statistical patient and single-answer algorithmic solutions, Practicum Script helps students understand and weigh different plausible approaches, enabling them to exercise non-analytical and analytical cognitive processes involved in decision-making. Practicum Script improves the quality of care that students are able to provide, bringing them closer to the clinical practice without risking patients' safety.

It works in 4 steps:

Hypothesis
formulation

Quick thinking phase (heuristics)

Clinical decision -
making

Hypothetical-deductive thinking phase

Self-assessment
of results

Inductive phase

Reflective
portfolio

Metacognitive reflection

Reasons why Practicum Script is a good choice for med students

1

First encounter with a real patient

2

No risk for patient safety

3

Learning by doing and reflectioning

4

Shortening of experiential learning

5

Broadening of differential diagnoses

6

Greater confidence in decision-making

7

Longitudinal clinical reasoning training throughout the clinical cycle

8

Less risk of cognitive errors

9

Immediate corrective feedback

10

Coverage of all thematic areas across the medical curriculum

Tools for students

Clinical
debate forum

Students can discuss content and share materials in all formats with their peers. Universities may appoint one or more tutors.

Longitudinal
self-assessment

Recurring testing and reviewing process designed to assess knowledge, identify gaps and support improvement.

Methodologic
tutorship

For queries about Practicum Script and its methodology. It allows students to get information about how to use our clinical reasoning simulator.

Script
Connect

A personalized help centre enables students to obtain technical support and help in navigating through the site and using the programme.

What do the students say?