Prof. Thomas Binder of e-Learning Medical Education Platform 123Sonography Awarded Ars Docendi State Prize for Project "Echocardiography/Anatomy - Blended Learning"
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 9, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Teachers at MedUni Vienna win Ars Docendi State Prize for Excellent Teaching at Austria's Universities 2018
Ars Docendi State Prize: "Echocardiography/Anatomy - Blended Learning"
The technique of heart ultrasound (echocardiography) is hardly taught despite its increasing importance for medical practice. Limited resources and the complexity of the method make it difficult for students to exercise it in practice.
The project (compulsory optional subject - Block 27), which was developed at the Medical University of Vienna (Department of Cardiology IM II, Department of Anatomy) in cooperation with 123sonography.com, shows how this can be successfully implemented with the help of a blended learning concept.
For this purpose, high-quality instructional videos were produced with an optimised didactic concept (2-hour teaching content) and 210 students were offered well-structured ultrasound training in small groups (5 per group). The videos demonstrate the technique of ultrasound and its examination and impart basic anatomical knowledge using living donors and prepared heart models. In addition to university supervisors, student tutors were also used for the practical exercises. Finally, an online examination was held.
The motivation among the students was high and led to a rapid learning of theoretical and practical aspects of echocardiography. The success of this project, which is the first of its kind internationally, motivates teachers to continue and further develop this learning unit as a regular course.
Thomas Binder (Department of medicine II) studied medicine at the Medical University of Vienna and trained as a specialist in internal medicine and as an additional subject, in cardiology at the I. Medical University Hospital Vienna/AKH, in the rehabilitation centre in Bad Tatzmannsdorf, in the Military hospital Stammersdorf/ Vienna, at the Hospital Hietzing (formerly Lainz), at the Internal Medicine II, Cardiology Department, University Hospital for Vienna / AKH and in the Loma Linda Hospital California/USA.
His research focus lies in the field of imaging procedures in cardiology and in particular cardiac ultrasound (echocardiography). His research activities brought him to the Huntington Memorial Research Institute in Pasadena, California. In his scientific role he is the author of numerous professional articles in national and international journals and book contributions.
He obtained his post-doctoral qualification and additional specialist diploma from the European Society of Cardiology (ECS) in 2000 and has been senior physician and head of the cardiac ultrasound laboratory in the Department of Cardiology at the Clinic for Internal Medicine II (AKH) since 2000. Thomas Binder is a member of the "Echocardiography" working group of the Austrian Society of Cardiology (ÖKG) and was its chairman from 2007 to 2010. He is deputy editor of the "European Heart Journal for Cardiovascular Imaging" and editorial board member of the Hamdan Medical Journal / Dubai.
Another focus of his work is the further education and training of cardiologists. In this capacity Thomas Binder holds numerous courses and seminars at home and abroad and operates an e-learning platform for echocardiography (http://www.123sonography.com). He is also a founding member and secretary of the European Cardiology Section Foundation (ECSF) and secretary of the European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC) and the Cardiology Section of the Union Européenne des Médicins Spécialistes (UEMS).
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