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Infectious Diseases teaching Europe/Africa Learning
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2019 PROJECT  FINISHED 

ObjectivesIDEAL project will develop a joint international curriculum in Infectious Diseases in English for European undergraduate students and African students from Uganda. ContextCurrent worldwide spreading of multi-resistant bacteria, along with major recent outbreaks and massive immigration underline the need for strong updated skills in the field for all physicians involved in patients’ care. Meanwhile, current academic teaching does not provide enough practical teaching, and a global view of a discipline that is transversal at the interface of epidemiology, microbiology, bedside management and science. Current European knowledge does not either provide the perspective of emerging countries, although these areas are those facing most of the current infectious challenges, like HIV, malaria, multiresistant tuberculosis or highly transmittable haemorrhagic fevers. ImplementationTo reach these goals, we propose an innovative curriculum targeting undergraduate students from Europe and African countries, delivered in English by a team of teachers combining expertise in Pedagogy, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, Public Health, Microbiology, Pathology and Science. Frontal lectures will be combined with interactive seminars, clinical cases, tests and videos, to promote interactivity and practical teaching.All teaching material (power points, video-recording of the lectures, clinical cases and tests will be provided through an interactive web interface.Deliverables will be split in 3 work packages: WP1 =I3DC: International Intensive Infectious Disease Course for European Students delivered over a week for students of Paris Descartes University, Edinburgh Medical University, University of Antwerpen and University of the Sacred Heart of Roma. This curriculum was implemented 3 years ago successfully in Paris, Roma and Edinburgh, and is now offered as an alternative course to the classical curriculum, recognized by 5 ECTS in Paris and Roma. WP2: Infectious Diseases Summer School providing advanced teaching for undergraduate European Students with the involvement of European and Ugandan teachers and their unvaluable practical experience, focusing on Infections in emerging countries (in Africa mainly), current major “hot topics” in infectious Diseases, such as immigration burdens, and outbreaks. .WP3: Distant-learning providing all the teaching material implemented in WP1 and WP2 to participating Ugandan partners (Mary Lacor Hospital of Gulu and Mother Kevin Postgraduate Medical School in Kampala).FeasibilityThe I3DC project is already running as an optional curriculum in Paris Descartes University Edinburgh Medical University and Università Cattolica di Roma since 3 years, underlying the feasibility of the project, the strong involvement of the teaching team and the strong commitment of these universities in the internationalization process. The consortium members share strong expertise in their field, with experience in managing large scale educational and/or research projects that contributes to the project’s success. PerspectivesThe global IDEAL project will improve the quality and relevance of undergraduate Infectious Diseases teaching within Europe. It will create a forum of experienced teachers being a reference for any countries. It will develop a common strong expertise among medical students in Europe, enhance their international perspective and promote “global health concepts at an early stage of their undergraduate medical curricula. It promotes teachers’ and students’ mobility by creating a strong network of interactions between European Universities and beyond.The project will develop sustainable updated high-level learning tools (tailored courses, e-learning platform) that can be shared with other partners from Europe and other countries facing similar unmet needs.
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