Expected impact

Education for clinical practice is a complex process, involving the development of a body of knowledge, skills and multiple aspects of professionalism. ‘Traditional’ approaches, with modules in single discipline biosciences, bore little relationship to eventual learner needs for clinical practice. The natural development of learning directly through patient scenarios is now a cornerstone of undergraduate and post-graduate education. Real or virtual patient encounters provide rich and memorable settings for learning as a healthcare professional.

Curriculum modernisation is a clear objective part of the Bologna process. EU partners have taken part in partnerships in curriculum transformation and resource reuse and retrieval, and provides the ideal guidance for setting up national centres to promote curriculum development in post-Soviet countries.

This ePBLnet group will engage with other networks which have their own needs for scientific cultural preservation, development of educational resource in local languages, and adaptability to local needs. This partnership has been selected and put together with this objective in mind, so that development can be sustained long after the project funding has ceased, using approaches which are already tried and tested. In this way the group can achieve critical mass in the number of academics and institutions involved with ePBLnet, and use this as a driver for internal support and continuation. It can also reach out to a wider range of local cultures, with a common framework of Soviet medical traditions.