Seasonal School

Development of MEDical SKILLs by Simulation (MEDSKILL)


Deadline for Registration

July 20th, 2021

Learning objectives

As of today, the need for practical skills and problem-solving capabilities remains largely unmet in many medical school curricula across Europe. In fact, Medical school education remains largely anchored to a traditional paradigm of learning a discrete amount of information about pathophysiology principles and the descriptions of illnesses, without worrying about developing the skills necessary to work confidently "on the patient". Digital tools based on macro- and microsimulation may give a fundamental contribution in solving this issue, thanks to their flexibility, effectiveness, accuracy and accessibility, and we want to apply their potential in the education undergraduate medical students receive. The MEDSKILL school will enable students to: 1) become familiar with digital tools that facilitate the study of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and clinical reasoning; 2) confront virtual patients/mannequins, interpret their artificial symptoms/signs and make decisions, taking into account the appropriateness of the choice, as well as ethical correlates and sustainability; 3) mimic clinical situations to test patient communication skills, simulate the use of diagnostic equipment, team leaders and interventional therapies.

Teaching methodologies

The MEDSKILLS initiative will deliver both lectures and hands-on lab sessions. Each practical session is preceded by an introductory lesson on the theoretical aspects of the manoeuvres that will be carried out and is followed by a debriefing session.

The course aims to provide training on transthoracic and abdominal ultrasound methods and the main cardiovascular and abdominal diseases. The course is divided into formal theoretical lessons and practical internships in the Simulabo classroom with the use of the Vimedix ultrasound and advanced echocardiography simulator.

Who should attend this Seasonal School?

Undergraduate medical students (V-VII academic year); as well as postgraduate MDs.


Prof. Michele Emdin

Key teaching staff

Prof. Claudio Passino, Prof. Nicola Bellè, Dr. Alberto Giannoni


September 6 th – 10th