Medical education and MS: Getting the training right

C. Fieschi, E. Onesti, V. Tomassini

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Abstract

Medical education needs continuous improvements to meet the changing demands of medical practice in the 21st century. We need to review the teaching methods used and the curriculum taught during various stages of a doctor's training. General practitioners need to recognize the symptoms indicative of MS and refer the patient to a specialist; neurologists should confirm the diagnosis, and effectively treat, manage and support the patient. Training should be adapted to reflect these different tasks and equip the physician accordingly. We suggest a training programme for undergraduate students comprising three lectures and two interactive sessions. These would provide the student with a basic knowledge of MS and its management. For those wishing to specialize in neurology, we recommend a series of eight lectures, interactive sessions discussing case reports with typical and atypical presentations, two magnetic resonance imaging reading sessions with a specialist neuroradiologist and active practice in an MS clinic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-31
Number of pages12
JournalInternational MS Journal
Volume12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005

Keywords

  • Medical education
  • MS diagnosis
  • MS symptoms
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Teaching methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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    Fieschi, C., Onesti, E., & Tomassini, V. (2005). Medical education and MS: Getting the training right. International MS Journal, 12(1), 20-31.