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MEDSKILL - Development of MEDical SKILLs by Simulation


Deadline for Registration 

September 3rd, 2024


October 7th-11th, 2024

Learning objectives

As of today, the need for practical skills and problem-solving capabilities remains largely unmet in many medical school curricula across Europe. Medical school education, in fact, remains largely anchored to a traditional paradigm of learning a discrete amount of information about pathophysiology principles and illnesses’ descriptions, without worrying about developing the skills necessary to work confidently “on the patient”. Digital tools based on macro-and microsimulation, thanks to their flexibility, effectiveness, accuracy and accessibility may give a fundamental contribution in solving this issue, and we want to apply their potential in undergraduate medical students’ education. The MEDSKILL school will allow students to: 1) get in touch 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 maneuvers that will be carried out and followed by a debriefing session. The course aims to provide preparation 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.

Target participants

Undergraduate medical students (IV-V-VII academic year), postgraduate M.D.s candidacies can be evaluated.


  • Prof. Claudio Passino
  • Prof. Alberto Giannoni

Key Teaching Staff

 Michele Emdin, Giuseppe Vergaro, Alberto Aimo, Francesco Sbrana, Marco Ciardetti, Angelo Monteleone, Gianluca Mirizzi, Claudia Taddei, Elisa Poggianti