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The Challenge

In medical training, lecture-style presentations have both advantages and disadvantages. Experts with good presentation skills are able to transfer knowledge to the learners, providing them not only with a list of facts but also showing them how this information is connected. Lectures also give learners the opportunity to ask questions and to discuss the content with the expert.

Lecture-style presentations are also associated with disadvantages, however. They place the learner in a passive role where they sit and listen, receiving information in what is mostly a one-way exchange. If the learner does not choose to engage by asking a specific question, there is a significant risk that information will be misunderstood or not understood in its full complexity.

What can be done to make medical training engaging and to encourage active learning?

We need engaging activities for both face to face and virtual settings to help our learners really understand this information, and to put it in context.

The Solution

Activity-based training can be used to address some of the limitations of eLearning courses and presentations, and to support knowledge comprehension and retention. The key to doing this is to ensure that the right sort of activities are being included. Rather than using fact-based games that focus on recalling knowledge, activities should be both challenging and engaging. This encourages learners to think about the work they do every day in a new way and motivates them to participate. The goal of activity-based training is to leave the learner with a better understanding of the bigger picture and empower them to meet their professional responsibilities.

In a team discussion the participants are divided into small teams. This ensures that everyone will have the opportunity to play an active role in the discussion. Using the materials and topics provided, the teams discuss facts, the contexts surrounding them, and different perspectives. This approach allows learners to benefit from each other’s knowledge and to close their individual knowledge gaps. Team discussions also encourage learners to consider topics from another’s point of view, helping them prepare for situations they will be faced with in their everyday work.

Poster discussions have learners work together to label a diagram or fill in blanks, thereby stimulating conversation. Once the posters are filled in, the results of the different teams are compared and evaluated in a discussion involving all teams and participants.

Scientific games aim to engage learners and help them apply their knowledge. They help learners memorize and connect facts, and to contextualize their learning. Scientific games can be implemented as simple PowerPoint activities, as highly interactive online applications, or as board games.

Our knowledgeable medical-content developers’ scientific understanding and didactic experience allow them to fully grasp subject matter and develop easily comprehensible posters and visuals to support your training initiative. They create new visual concepts or enhance existing ones, develop color codes and icons, and condense a range of facts into strong, unified key messages.

Our scientific team works with professional referencing software and follows the highest standards of correct scientific work.

They are familiar with industry-standard approval systems such as PromoMats and can work within the client’s approval infrastructure.

  • A high level of scientific understanding

  • Professional referencing

  • Extensive experience with approval processes

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