eViP - Partners
|eViP is a collaboration between nine universities located across Northern Europe and MedBiquitous (Europe) who lead the field of technical standards and specifications for e-based healthcare education:
- Karolinska Institutet, Sweden: The Karolinska Institutet is amongst the largest medical universities in Europe, and is the largest centre for medical research in Sweden. They play a pivotal role in eViP, leading both WP2 and WP3 phases of the programme. The Virtual Patient Lab, or VP-Lab within the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics (LIME) is highly active in the development of virtual patients. In addition to VPs, researchers at the VP-Lab also create virtual environments in collaboration with forensic psychiatrists and specialists in criminal rehabilitation.
- St George’s University of London, UK: St George’s, University of London (SGUL) is the lead co-ordinator for the eViP programme. The eLearning Unit (ELU) at SGUL led the first phase of the programme, WP1, and continues to contribute to all other eViP projects. The ELU was established in 2001 to promote the use of educational technology in enhancing learning and teaching within the context of St George’s teaching and learning strategy. They have since been actively involved in the utilisation of emerging technologies, cutting-edge e-learning facilities, and evaluation of their learning approaches and techniques. The team from the ELU is involved in many other projects involving virtual patients and e-learning strategies, including PREVIEW which uses the Second Life platform to play virtual patient scenarios for paramedic students, and Generation 4 (G4) which incorporates virtual patients into their case-based curriculum.
- Ludwig Maximilians Universität (LMU), Germany: Medizinische Fakultat der LMU Munchen in Germany leads the ‘Exit and sustainability‘ phase of the eViP programme, which focuses on exit and sustainability of eViP Virtual Patients. LMU developed the CASUS virtual patient player, which is one of the VPs used as part of eViP. In addition to eViP and CASUS, LMU is activity involved in a number of other e-learning research programmes.
- Universität Heidelberg, Germany: The Centre for Virtual Patients is part of the Medical Faculty of the University of Heidelberg. It supports medical educators with the creation of virtual patient cases, and assists with the integration of virtual patients into a medical curriculum. Since 1999 it has gathered experience in designing and implementing virtual patients and has been awarded repeatedly for its work. The Centre for Virtual Patients partners with many national and international projects. The CAMPUS Virtual Patients shell was established by our centre. It is in use in many German and international medical education programs, and is continuously undergoing further development. As a partner of the eViP project the Centre for Virtual Patients participates in building a bank of repurposed virtual patients. In collaboration with MedBiquitous it contributed significantly to implementing common technical standards for all virtual patients and is collaborating with Maastricht University on development of evaluation tools.
- Universiteit Maastricht, The Netherlands: The Universiteit Maastricht Faculty of Medicine has led WP5 project of the eViP programme, an area that focuses on the assessment and evaluation of eViP VPs and associated resources. The Faculeit der Geneeskunde, Universiteit Maastricht specialises in problem-based learning (PBL), and it was the second university in the world to adopt this method of teaching as the main form of medical education.
- The University of Warwick, UK: Warwick Medical School (WMS) was established in 2000 and forms the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Warwick, one of the UK’s top ten universities, with an acknowledged reputation for excellence in teaching and research. WMS has grown rapidly and is making significant national and international contributions to education and research in health. The eViP team at WMS, led by Dr David Davies, is helping to bring the latest developments in e-learning to a wide audience.nOur main role in the eViP Programme is work package lead for awareness & dissemination. This exciting responsibility gives us the chance to use new forms of communication to tell everyone about the developments in eViP including progress on virtual patients, and to also bring you news of the institutions and individuals that make up the eViP partnership. So whether you are reading this web site, subscribing to our weblog or YouTube channel, or following us on Twitter, you can be sure WMS will keep you up to date of the latest news about virtual patients.
- Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, Poland: Jagiellonian University was founded in 1364 by the Polish King Kazimierz Wielki (Casimir the Great). It is the second oldest university in Central Europe and the oldest university in Poland. Among famous students of Jagiellonian University are Nicolaus Copernicus, Pope John Paul II and the Nobel laureate in Literature Wis?awa Szymborska. Jagiellonian University comprises currently 15 faculties with over 50 000 students. Jagiellonian University Medical College has participated in the eViP project from the beginning in 2007. The project is coordinated by the Department of Bioinformatics and Telemedicine headed by Prof. Irena Roterman-Konieczna. Our role is to bring together medical subject matter experts and computer specialist working on virtual patients. We contribute to all eViP projects but focus especially on the VP repurposing and enrichment phase of the eViPprogramme. Virtual patients were scarcely used in teaching at our institution before the eViP project. By repurposing virtual patients from our eViP project partners (especially from LMU Munich) we hope to create in short time a large collection of case-based learning resources that can be introduced into the curriculum.
- Universität Witten/Herdecke, Germany: The Universität Witten/Herdecke is the most recent addition to the eViP programme. This university is involved with the repurposing and enrichment of eViP VPs.
- Universitas Iuliu Hatieganu Cluj-Napoca, Romania: The mission of “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pahrmacy Cluj-Napoca, Romania, is to promote population quality of life through excellence in medical education, research and health care. As a partner in eViP project, the Department of Medical Education supports the use of computer simulations and virtual patients for students learning and assessment.
eViP also works closely with MedBiquitous (Europe) and the University of Northern Ontario in Canada:
- Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Canada: The Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Canada is a project collaborator with eViP. Professor Rachel Ellaway from NOSM is a key contributor to the technical work carried out within the eViP as part of the Standards Implementation phase.
- MedBiquitous Europe: MedBiquitous is a consortium of leading experts, institutions, commercial and non-commercial organistations dedicated to the implementation of heathcare information technology standards. Medbiquitous and St George’s University of London have formed MedBiquitous Europe specifically to promote the use of MedBiquitous technical standards for heathcare education throughout Europe – and these technical standards are being employed for the eViP programme.