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VIRTUAL PATIENT CHALLENGE POWERED BY BODY INTERACT

Every year a new generation sets off for a journey dedicated to humanity and science. Year by year our Faculty of Medicine came to the point where we have tradition more than a half of a century long.
Acknowledging our tradition and yet, knowing that time does not stay still, we try our best to make the headway to the education where learning meets the ever-developing technology.
All the great changes start small, and we believe The Virtual Patient Challenge to be fitting to this phrase.
The Virtual Patient Challenge is a project powered by Body Interact, simulation software which uses virtual patients for problem solving and clinical reasoning. Body Interact enables an integrative learning process among students of different profiles and gives them the sensation of complete independence and real time collaboration. All cases are realistically designed and derived from the real clinical experience. The Challenge was born from the idea of a 5th year student, Jelena Teodosić, and carried out thanks to the kind people standing both behind our Faculty and Body Interact.
After each case Body Interact gives a performance report. Thanks to this feature, users can learn from their mistakes, compare their results and compete. At the EMSA (European Medical Student’s Association) Spring Assembly 2019 in Heidelberg Body Interact was presented to the students in a fun, competitive and engaging way. Jelena’s team won the workshop and she decided to show Body Interact to her friends and consequently to try to bring it to our Faculty. She first spoke to the Dean and Vice-Deans who indulged the virtual patient case solving. Since Jelena’s idea was well received date for the Virtual Patient Challenge was set without further ado, 7th of December 2019.
Challenge was designed as a three level competition meant for the students of the 5th and the 6th year. There were 13 teams of three students meeting the Body Interact for the first time. In the begging students got a brief tutorial on how to use the program’s features and a demo case to practice. Then came three successive cases of progressive levels with just a short break in-between. It was a great, stressful and above all an interesting experience for them. The pressure was real and the competitive spirit overflowed the whole classroom. A team of volunteers was also there making sure everything goes as planned, as well as the Vice-Dean, Zoran Komazec, seizing the students’ impressions.
The winning team called Stay alive won little holiday presents from the Faculty, Body Interact certificates and users’ licence. Taking into account that everybody enjoyed themselves and had fun, we can’t really tell there were any losers at all. More than 95% of the students wants Body Interact at our Faculty and over 90% of them finds it to improve their clinical thinking.
The results are all laid out and the decision is yet to be made.


Naš fakultet može da se pohvali sa skoro 60 godina tradicije, generacijama i generacijama studenata koji su se svake godine otiskivali na put nauke i humanosti. Imajući u vidu našu tradiciju ali i tok vremena, moramo težiti obrazovanju koje ide u korak sa neprekidnim napretkom tehnologije. Sve velike promene imaju male početke i nadamo se da će takmičenje Virtual Patient Challenge ispratiti ove reči. 
Virtual Patient Challenge je projekat pokrenut zahvaljujući Body Interact-u, simulacijskom softveru koji koristi virtualne pacijente i zahteva klinički način razmišljanja i rasuđivanja zarad razrešenja različitih slučaja. Body Interact objedinjuje znanja studenata različitih smerova i pruža im jedinstven osećaj saradnje u stvarnom vremenu. Svi slučajevi su mudro dizajnirani i zasnovani na stvarnoj kliničkoj praksi. Ovaj izazov nastao je kao ideja studentkinje pete godine, Jelene Teodosić, i sproveden je zahvaljujući nesebičnoj pomoći ljudi koji stoje iza našeg fakulteteta i Body Interact-a. 
Nakon svakog slučaja Body Interact daje korisniku izveštaj o učinku. Zahvaljujući ovoj opciji, studenti mogu učiti na svojim greškama, upoređivati rezultate i takmičiti se. Na prolećnoj skupštini Evropske asocijacije studenata medicine (EMSA) 2019 u Hajdelbergu, Body Interact predstavljen je studentima na zanimljiv način i u takmičarskom duhu. Jelenin tim je pobedio na radionici i ona je odlučila da Body Interact pokaže kolegama što je rezultovalo i željom da ga dovede na naš fakultet. Prvo se obratila dekanatu koji se oprobao u rešavanju virtuelnih slučaja i sa velikim entuzijazmom prihvatio njenu ideju. Uskoro je bio zakazan i datum za Virtual Patient Challenge, 7. decembar 2019.
Takmičenje je sadržalo tri nivoa i okupilo studente pete i šeste godine. Učestvovalo je 13 timova od po troje. Kako je ovo studentima bio prvi susret sa programom, početak je podrazumevano upoznavanje sa opcijama koje nudi kao i demo slučaj za vežbu. Usledila su tri uzastopna slučaja progresivna po težini, sa nešto kraćim pauzama između. Bilo je ovo sjajno, stresno ali pre svega zabavno iskustvo za sve studente. Nervoza je bila očigledana, a takmičarski duh je potpuno preplavio učionicu. Takođe je bio prisutan i tim volontera koji su vodili računa da se sve ide po planu, kao i prodekan za nastavu, Zoran Komazec koji je upijao reakcije i utiske studenata. 
Pobednički tim, “Stayin’ alive” osvojio je simpatične novogodišnje paketiće od fakulteta, Body Interact sertifikat i licencu za korišćenje programa. Pravih gubitnika svakako nije bilo, s obzirom da su se svi zabavili. Više od 95% studenata izjavilo je da bi volelo Body Interact na svom fakultetu, a preko 90% smatra da program poboljšava sposobnost donošenja klinički važnih odluka. 
Svi rezultati su jasni, ostaje još samo da se donese velika odluka. 

      

        

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

 

Submitted by: IvanaMaksimovic