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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 42

Interactive digital microscopy at the center for a cross-continent undergraduate pathology course in Mozambique

1 Differentiation and Cancer, Institute of Pathology and Molecular Immunology of the University of Porto; Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
2 Unit of Educational Technologies, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
3 Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Eduardo Mondlane University; Department of Pathology, Maputo Central Hospital, Maputo, Mozambique
4 Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique
5 Department of Surgery and Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
6 Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Carla Carrilho
Department of Pathology, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Av. Salvador Allende Nr. 702, P. O. Box 257, Maputo
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jpi.jpi_63_18

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Background: Recent medical education trends encourage the use of teaching strategies that emphasize student centeredness and self-learning. In this context, the use of new educative technologies is stimulated at the Faculty of Medicine of Eduardo Mondlane University (FMUEM) in Mozambique. The Faculty of Medicine of University of Porto (FMUP) and FMUEM have a long-lasting record of collaborative work. Within this framework, both institutions embarked in a partnership, aimed to develop a blended learning course of pathology for undergraduates, shared between the two faculties and incorporating interactive digital microscopy as a central learning tool. Methods: A core team of faculty members from both institutions identified the existing resources and previous experiences in the two faculties. The Moodle course for students from the University of Porto was the basis to implement the current project. The objective was to develop educational modules of mutual interest, designed for e-learning, followed by a voluntary student's survey conducted in FMUEM to get their perception about the process. Results: We selected contents from the pathology curricula of FMUP and FMUEM that were of mutual interest. We next identified and produced new contents for the shared curricula. The implementation involved joint collaboration and training to prepare the new contents, together with building quizzes for self-evaluation. All the practical sessions were based on the use of interactive digital microscopy. The students have reacted enthusiastically to the incorporation of the online component that increased their performance and motivation for pathology learning. For the students in Porto, the major acquisition was the access to slides from infectious diseases as well as autopsy videos. Conclusions: Our study indicates that students benefited from high-quality educational contents, with emphasis on digital microscopy, in a platform generated in a win-win situation for FMUP and FMUEM.

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