Name of the project and grant agreement: Communication skills for students of vocational schools for medical professions: Design thinking for participatory medicine (DesignCARE); Grant agreement: br. 2021-1-HR01-KA220-VET-000025725

Coordinating institution: University of Split (UNIST)

Project partners: Fabula movens d.o.o., Sveučilište Jurja Dobrile u Puli, Københavns Universitet - University of Copenhagen, Colegiul Național "Mihai Eminescu" Petroșani and Medicinska škola Pula

Short summary of the project: DesignCARE will train vocational medical school students from two schools in two EU countries (one secondary and one post-secondary level), in the second year of the project implementation, and engage them in participatory medicine through communication skills and diversity competence skill acquisition.
DesignCARE novel curriculum can be integrated within existing secondary and post-secondary vocational school medical programs with the potential to create new, adaptable and innovative study programs at higher levels, preparing students for their future work environment in healthcare.

Project's objectives: The main objective is to design, pilot, implement and evaluate teaching-learning strategies and resources for the students in secondary and postsecondary medical vocational schools, through the development of specialized education tools, relevant and in line with novel trends in the medical field, that will help them to engage in participatory medicine through communication and diversity competence.
The three specific objectives:
1. The promotion of the development of students’ engagement with participatory medicine through communication skills and in line with responsible research and innovation (RRI) principles, in vocational schools, using inclusive, collaborative design thinking as innovative educational strategy.
2. Enhancing diversity competence in vocational medical education, of both students and teachers.
3. The training of teachers to be able to prepare the students for a work environment in a novel framework in the medical field by teaching and providing guidelines for the acquisition of these skills.

Expected results: The main results of the DesignCARE project are the creation of three project results, increased capacity and competence of the partner institutions to create and implement novel teaching module of participatory medicine through design thinking and responsible research and innovation (RRI) principles, fostering of internationalization at the partner institutions, increased visibility of the partner institutions on the EU level, and the first generation of medical vocational students at the partner institutions trained in participatory medicine and RRI principles. As an important result is also developing two important transversal skills: communication and diversity competence, for both vocational schools teachers and students.
Beside creating DesignCARE program, the goal of the project is also to train the teachers to be able to design the course that encourages skill development, research-based learning, creativity, and cooperation among peers and with their teachers.
We will train the teachers to use inclusive, collaborative design thinking methods as an innovative educational strategy.

Grant: 146 464.00 EUR for 21 months
Financing organism: Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union
Call: KA220-VET - Cooperation partnerships in vocational education and training
Implementation period-duration of the project: 01/02/2022 - 31/10/2023

University of Split
prof. Sandra Kostic, project manager (University of Split School of Medicine)

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