Which patients have taught you the most? Is there a case you’ve seen – recently or some time ago – which highlighted key diagnostic or management issues and really supported your training? If so, why not consider publishing it as a virtual interactive case report in ebrain? The ebrain team would provide the template and some guidance, and besides reinforcing your own learning you can also then add this as an e-publication on your CV.
ebrain is a comprehensive e-learning platform for the clinical neurosciences, with a broad range of content to support learning in a variety of ways. Virtual interactive cases present information as you might encounter it in “real life”, starting with a clinical scenario, then offering the learner choices about how to progress the consultation, investigate and manage the patient with feedback on good and bad choices as you work through the case. You can see an example here. You might include choices about what questions to ask next, what aspect of examination to focus on, what investigations to request, treatment or ethical dilemmas – whatever you feel will bring out the key learning points from your case. Make the wrong decision and you will see the consequences – but far better to learn this in a safe virtual environment so you can then be sure to get it right on the real patient! Learners can explore and re-run the cases as often as they wish.
For this important educational project we invite neurologists in training (residents) and clinical research fellow across Europe to contribute cases of their own.
Cases should be completely anonymised, and whilst they should be realistic, need not be fully based on individual cases so don’t worry if you can’t remember or access details of the patient you have in mind – if you remember the story and outcome that is enough to get you started. Remember: if you are presenting potentially identifiable data, we would need formal consent from the patient or their legal representative to publish it, but in many instances this won’t apply.
Cases will be announced on a monthly basis in the “Education corner” of Neuropenews, with a link to the cases on the ebrain website.
This is your chance to see your name and photo in Neuropenews, and add a new skill and an e-publication to that all important CV! Contact Dr Antonella Macerollo with a brief (<200 word) description of your case for further details if you are interested.