During a doctoral project, the ePortfolio proof-of-concepts will be validated in the multidisciplinary setting of pediatric, obstetrics and gynaecology training programs by developing and validating a specific competency framework. Besides implementing a multimedia assessment tool, this work package will also explore how an ePortfolio can stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration within this healthcare setting.

The research objective is integrating the scientific base, implementation and evaluation of ePortfolio use during specialist training in mother and child setting.

Work package team 4: Prof. dr. Martin Valcke (PhD promotor), Prof. Dr. Koen Norga (PhD promotor), dr. Mieke Embo (PhD co-promotor);  Marieke Robbrecht (Researcher and PhD student), Prof. Dr. Koenraad Smets (Doctoral Advisory Comittee), Prof. dr. Myriam Van Winckel (PhD hoofdpromotor), Prof. Dr. Steven Weyers (Promotor project, Doctoral Advisory Comittee)

Joint PhD: UGent and UAntwerpen

Subtask 1: Create validated competence maps/criteria in different settings concerning hospital specialist training in a mother and child setting

For both paediatrics and gynaecology, a new competency framework will be established. This will be developed through the combination of current existing frameworks. After a thorough evaluation in our research group, the framework will be validated by a Delphi study. For the other health workers, a Delphi study will be performed by work package 6. The competency framework will be used in the new ePortfolio, and will be a guide for the next two subtasks.

Subtask 2: Usage of multimedia (audio and/or video) as an alternative to direct observation

During workplace learning in healthcare settings, it is not always a matter of course that direct observation is possible. Nevertheless, direct observation provides trainers and trainees with a lot of advantages regarding feedback and assessment. Therefore we will develop a tool that is suitable in terms of education and legal practice.

First, a review on existing methods for using video/audio for training in healthcare practice within the hospital, with analysis of context/conditions will be performed. Also, focusgroups are held to find current state in the post-graduate medicine education in Flanders.

Second, we will develop a method that is applicable in and will be tested in the context of a Flemish training hospital. This will ensure feasibility. Also, in this way we can investigate what competencies from the framework, that was established in subtask 1, are suitable for training using multimedia.

Third, we will also evaluate the benefits and learning effect of this method, investigating whether it actually has a positive impact on workplace learning and if it is not, how we can improve the tool to make it more suitable for education.

Subtask 3: Stimulating, supporting and improving interdisciplinary collaboration

Effective interdisciplinary collaboration is beneficial for patient safety and healthcare in general. However, it is not clear whether post-graduate students are being trained in a proper way to make this collaboration happen. Therefore we will design a tool that stimulates, supports and improves interdisciplinary collaboration during workplace learning. By implementing this tool in the ePortfolio, we want to support scaffolding learning.

First, we will report on the collaboration competences to be expected of different actors in mother- and childcare. This will be done on the one hand by de Delphi study in subtask 1, on the other hand by performing a thorough literature study. In focus groups, we will evaluate the current state of this kind of training during workplace learning in Flanders.

With this information kept in mind, we will develop a tool to support and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration. Equal to subtask 2, this tool will be tested in the context of a Flemish training hospital.

Finally, we will evaluate the effect of using the tool on the quality of interdisciplinary collaboration, investigating whether it actually improves this collaboration and how it might be adjusted for better training.

All of the above will be conducted with intense collaboration with each other work package. For more information regarding this work package, you can contact researcher Marieke Robbrecht by clicking the button below.

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