Usability and User Experience
Two Challenging Disciplines as Drivers of Software Development
Good teaching and research go hand in hand
Educational research provides important building blocks to promote excellence in education. With two new, SNSF projects, each with a duration of 4 years, we are able to incorporate current themes in teaching and approach them with the necessary care and resources.
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10 years of clinical skills exams with Examic EOSCE
As a pioneer in the field of electronic OSCE assessments on tablet computers, the Institute for Medical Education (IML) started supporting clinical examinations with its own software Examic EOSCE 10 years ago.
Children as simulated patients in practical exams
Use of primary school children as simulated patients as part of a practical exam (OSCE) meets international criteria for good examinations.
Good communication between all stakeholders in the healthcare system can be learned.
BiSS recognised as a «Certified Skills Lab» according to the APF standard
The Association for Medical Education GMA (Committee for Practical Skills APF) awards the Bern Interprofessional Skills and Simulation Personnel Center (BiSS), including its simulation person program, accreditation as a certified skills lab.
The pandemic is a chance for teaching innovation
The pandemic uncovered a pressing need to implement digital learning and teaching in higher education more broadly. Research shows that previous implementation has progressed slowly and is not always aligned with the requirements and needs of the key players.
The challenge of holding examinations during the Covid-19 pandemic
How can exams take place during the Covid-19 pandemic? As an internationally recognised competence centre, the IML has dealt with the challenges that arose suddenly.
IML Annual Report 2021
For the IML, as probably for the colleagues at the university in general, 2021 was a year consolidating into the new normal.
Communication training in Corona times
When face-to-face classes at the University of Bern were discontinued in mid-March, several courses organized by the IML were also affected, including communication training with the simulated patients (SPs). Thanks to the University's video conferencing system, these were nevertheless still held.
Training of Contact Tracers
The IML helped the Cantonal Medical Office of Bern to rapidly set up an online learning programme for contact tracers.
IML Annual Report 2020
For the Institute for Medical Education the pandemic year 2020 brought particular challenges. Although we all have learned how to cope well in the meantime – many challenges remain.
Successful use of peer tutors in a formative OSCE
In January 2020, the Institute for Medical Education (IML), on behalf of the Medical Faculty of the University of Bern, held for the first time a formative OSCE event in the third year of academic study using peer experts in the fifth year. The feedback indicates this was a great success.
IML Annual Report 2019
High quality medical education is a cornerstone for the work of health professionals.
Coronavirus: Contacting the IML
Digitally optimize simulation in practical tests (OSCE)
High quality simulation in the OSCE: Optimization with digital workflows and 3D printing.
Cancelled: MME Symposium
MME-Alumni Symposium Bern 2020 | Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the MME Program Bern: «Faculty Development for Postgraduate Health Professions Education»
The IML joins an international network for the work with SP
Dr. med. Beate Brem has been elected as Member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE).
The IML is participating in an EU project on clinical decision-making
As part of this EU project an adaptive curriculum for clinical reasoning for students and instructors is to be developed, implemented and disseminated in order to better prepare future doctors and to avoid mistakes.
The IML is committed to interprofessionalism
Healthcare professionals face increasingly complex challenges. Can interprofessionalism in education address this?
Virtual reality now available in UniZiegler
As a media and technology expert, Dario Zaugg immersed himself in the topic of "virtual reality" for his thesis at the AUM. He shares his perspectives on the possible applications and considerations of this new technology in an interview.
IML Annual Report 2018
Higher education institutions in general are now at the threshold of paperless teaching, learning and assessment. It is astonishing, that this shift has taken so many years, knowing that computers are a normal part of our lives since many decades. The IML has been preparing this shift intensively over the last years.
Enthusiastic medical student develops an app for CliniSurf
Learning program of the IML provides the impulse for a heart sounds app.
New location for the BiSS
On behalf of the Medical Faculty of the University of Bern, the IML runs the Bern Interdisciplinary Skills and Simulated Patient Centre BiSS at the new location “UniZiegler”. Thanks to the addition of a new learning centre, the UniZiegler meets the needs that arose from the creation of 100 additional study places in human medicine.
Open day at Mittelstrasse
As part of the open day at the Uni Mittelstrasse building on the 27th October, the IML showcased itself through various presentations and activities. Young and old were able to experience medical education firsthand and were amazed by the exciting work field of the IML.
AMEE 2018: Focus on Medical Education
From the 25th – 29th August 2018, the IML took part in the conference of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) in Basel. Among the 5000 participants from 150 nations, the institute was represented both with scientific contributions and as an exhibitor.
Annual report IML 2017
The main task of the Institute for Medical Education is to support medical education − through services, development of methods, infrastructure, and knowledge about teaching and assessment.
The IML is moving closer to the University
From the 14th May, the Institute for Medical Education (IML) will be located in the Länggass quarter.
The future is digital
The IML has been training learners to become mediamaticians for over 10 years. With their finger on the pulse of medical education, these young people have a great deal to offer and can develop their professional skills in an optimal manner.
Remembering a forgotten condition
The link between nutrition and health is undisputed – today, as in the past. Historical film material from the IML collection illustrates this with the example of endemic goiter (“cretinism”) through vivid images. The fact that the theme continues to be topical is demonstrated by an enquiry from French TV.
The IML once again receives the SAMS award for best practice in interprofessional teaching.
Students teach students
Students support their colleagues in learning to report and evaluate electrocardiograms (ECGs).
Targeted creation of exam questions – it’s better together
In March 2017, the new exam questions for the Federal licensing MC examination in human medicine were created, for the first time, in a two-day workshop. The quantitative output was very good. The authors’ satisfaction and the qualitative output were considerably better than in previous years, when the questions were devised individually or in smaller workshops.
True-to-life examinations through hybrid simulation
For quality assurance of the Federal Clinical Skills Examination, the Institute for Medical Education (IML) is working on the innovative concept of hybrid simulation in cooperation with the Universities of Lausanne and Zurich, on behalf of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).
Interprofessional teaching with simulations and standardized patients
The conference “Standardized Patients and Simulation” (SPSim) on 16.-18.3.2017 fell under the motto “Curricular Integration of Simulation in Healthcare – from Concept to Reality”.
Research internship at the IML – a personal experience
Psychology students regularly undertake research internships at the Institute for Medical Education (IML). Simon Burkhalter reports on his own experience as an intern.
Usability without users
How can one optimise interfaces in a time- and safety-critical context without knowledge about the users of the system?
Impressions of MME orientation days
The 13th MME programme cycle started at the beginning of February. 24 curious, open-minded, and highly motivated continuing education students arrived at the reading room of the learning centre in Bühlstrasse to discover the world of Medical Education.
Medical education up close and personal
The GMA conference took place from 13th to 17th September 2016 under the motto “innovative together”. Participants had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of medical education, get up to speed on scientific teaching opinions, and discuss burning issues directly with international experts.
Tradition meets innovation
The Institute for Medical Education (IML) has a long history as a national competence centre. A look back shows that the close tie between teaching, assessment and practice in Bern is a model with tradition and an international reach.
How MC questions become ready for examinations
Not only the candidates feel challenged when preparing for a Federal medical examination
Tablet exam: Students are «positively surprised»
«Clearer and more practical»: Two out of three students prefer to solve multiple-choice exams on a tablet rather than on paper.