The primary objective of this project was to see if students thought that the iHuman Patients Kaplan case studies were worth purchasing for future classes. Since the cases are in English, I also wanted to know how much supplementary work would be needed to incorporate Spanish activities and DEI and social justice content.
The students summarized the project's achievements well (comments translated):
- I think this was not only an opportunity to practice Spanish in a clinical situation, but it was a good way to familiarize ourselves with the steps a doctor takes during an interaction with a patient.
- I learned a lot of things I didn't know before such as taking blood pressure, auscultation, vital signs, etc. It's a good way to offer students a real experience with patients.
- I learned a lot of specialized, different vocabulary, I enjoyed practicing physical exam [questions], and learning more about the different illnesses.
In addition to learning how to take a patient's medical history and write a SOAP (subjective, objective, assessment and plan), with Kaplan's permission, I added context related to be able to talk in class about social justice, gender identity and alternative medicine. We were also able to practice an interpretation with one of the cases, as well.
While the cases were interesting and the pilot successful, in the end, the students and I felt that requiring students the future classes to purchase these cases was not appropriate because 1) they are all in English and 2) the cases were too advanced.
Given that this project was specific to the class, -Spanish for the medical professions, the activities can't be disseminated.
Advice to your Colleagues:
When I originally considered using the iHuman Patients program in class, I did consider how advanced the program was. However, I am grateful for the opportunity to pilot the program because the students' perspective provided me the opportunity to discuss with the students the advantages and disadvantages prior to making a decision. The students came up with excellent ideas and suggestions for improving the use of cases within the class context. Adding innovative material to our classes is exciting and more work sometimes , but I find that working with the students prior to making major changes to the course actually saved me time.