Medical visualization technologies as tools for patient collaboration

Kirsten Ostherr kostherr@rice.edu
Thomas Picht thomas.picht@charite.de
Anna Roethe anna.roethe@hu-berlin.de
Rebekka Lauer rebekka.lauer@hu-berlin.de

Abstract

This panel will present the collaborative work of the four presenters in developing and implementing an innovative medical school curriculum taught in a Berlin, Germany academic teaching hospital in January and July 2017. The new curriculum brings together training on new medical visualization technologies, experiments using 3-D printers, and an introduction to the e-patient movement and researcher-patient partnerships. This team-based approach brings diverse, non-biomedical fields of expertise in culture, communication, and design into dialogue with more traditional approaches to health care practice. Together, the team members developed new concepts for training medical students to identify the collaborative opportunities arising from emerging medical visualization technologies. Because two of the members of the teaching team are neurosurgeons, several of the teaching examples are focused on reimagining 3-D brain tumor mapping as a participatory medical technology. By framing patients as partners in healthcare, the humanist team member prepared the students to explore data visualization as a new form of doctor-patient communication. And by fostering creative practices through exercises in hand-drawn sketching, the interaction designer helped students see how advanced imaging asks users to develop new techniques for making sense of complex medical representations.

This panel will describe the content of the different elements of this team-taught course, the methods we developed for translating concepts from collaborative, participatory design into an otherwise traditional biomedical training program, and the students’ response to these innovative pedagogical practices. Each presenter will offer a different focus, and we will discuss how we worked to synthesize the diverse perspectives of our team to foster a novel, patient-centered approach to medical education. The panel will conclude with a dialogue on major challenges and emerging best practices drawn from the first two iterations of the course, including commentary on cross-cultural and transnational approaches to integrating new technologies into medical education.  
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