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CHEC-CESC Virtual Patient Challenge 2013-14

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) and Canada Health Infoway are proud to announce the CHEC-CESC Virtual Patient Challenge 2013 as part of the AFMC-Infoway Physician in Training e-Health Curriculum and e-Learning initiative.

The focus of the challenge is on virtual patients that incorporate the use of electronic health records (EHRs) and other aspects of e-health to improve patient care. Below you will find the submission requirements including e-Health topics that must be incorporated in the case design, and the pedagogical and instructional case design criteria.

Eligibility: Medical Students from a Canadian Faculty of Medicine - undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate level. (Joint submissions between faculty members and students will also be considered.)

Notice of Intention: Submit to by December 5, 2013.

Entry Deadline: February 13, 2014 at 23:00 hours.

Awards: 1st place……….$1,000 2nd place……….$600 3rd place………. $400
Winners will be featured at the 2014 Canadian Conference on Medical Education in Ottawa and will be recognized through letters sent to their deans and faculty advisors, and by having their cases published online and promoted widely.

Entry Details: Submit to Catherine Peirce. Email:
The submission package must include a completed entry form with an electronic file or hyperlink to the virtual patient(s).


Case Content and Design
The virtual patients must include four key components - a medically accurate case scenario, solid pedagogical principles, effective integration of EHR and other components of e-health, and an innovative instructional case design. A detailed description of the requirements is included below.

A. Incorporate e-Health Topici
Participants must select an e-health topic from the list below to include as part of the educational focus within the virtual patient case. For example, create a learning objective related to the e-health topic, provide learning tips related to best practices, provide background material, and include reflective questions…)

i. Security, privacy and confidentiality
Illustrate sound practices in health information system security, privacy and confidentiality.

ii. Accurate capture, coding & classification of patient data
Show the principles and approaches to accurate data capture/entry, coding versus narrative data, data standards and the appropriate use of templates within a patient centered dialog.

iii. Collaborative practice (inter-professional and intra-professional team effectiveness), information transfer, and patient safety risks therein
Communicate effectively with team members and collaborative practitioners using information services for referral letters, consults and reports and other documents in transfer of care, with awareness of the patient safety risks of inadequate information transfer.

iv. Communicate effectively with patients using a health record
Using information from a personal health record, communicate effectively with a patient, designated care provider, and /or family member with awareness of the patient safety risks related to information transfer.

v. Population health, monitoring, health surveillance, informed chronic disease management
Make effective use of health information systems, in particular electronic health records, for active promotion of health monitoring, population health improvement and longitudinal management of individuals and groups with chronic disease.

vi. Decision support tools (including reminders) and evidence-based medicine (EBM) resources
Make effective use of decision support tools and evidence-informed resources, integrating such information from multiple sources into effective point-of-care information practices, to improve both quality of care and efficient use of local practice and system-wide resources.

B. e-Learning - Pedagogical and instructional cases design
The virtual patients should include the following:

i. Realistic clinical experience or encounter (case scenario) ii.Defined audience iii. Clearly defined and measurable learning objectives iv. Interactive methods for effective learning acquisition and/or simulation of multidimensional teaching situations for their learners v. Opportunity for individualized approaches to learning vi. Opportunity for active and informative learning vii. Intuitive and logical navigation viii. Self-assessment and/or evaluation options for the learner based on the learning objectives ix. Adaptability for different learning environments

C. Medical Accuracy
i. A faculty advisor is required to verify the medical accuracy of the case

ii. A statement about the medical accuracy should be included within the case
Note: Submissions will not be considered if they have not been verified by a faculty advisor.
D. Other Considerations

i. All associated material must have copyright clearance and be cited/ referenced appropriately.

ii. Virtual patients are required to be accessible to learners and faculty members across the country. Submissions should be developed on an open, accessible and free to use platform through a Creative Commons license (BY-NC-SA).

iii. Each virtual patient is to be designed as a secure, stand-alone electronic case. Cases cannot be proprietary or developed with external funding.

Click here to learn more about getting started, judging and the entry form.