MERSU: Projects

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 Current Projects
​Title ​Training Against Medical Error (TAME)
​Member(s) ​Assoc Prof Nabil Zary
​Summary ​This is the first medical education project aimed at targeting avoidance of error by deliberately allowing students to make errors safely, i.e without damage or injury to patients.  It takes advantage of the students’ emotional engagement to make safe practices more memorable. Technologically it is promoting the use of open-source software applications as the only realistic contender for tackling a difficult educational challenge; providing authentic immersive ways of training students and learners to develop clinical reasoning skills in practice-based element of medical education. Pedagogically this project addresses a fundamental issue in clinical management, to safely train learners in making correct decisions, without compromising patient safety and without requiring exposure to every clinical situation or disease the student may need to be familiar with.
​Contact Person Assoc Prof Nabil Zary​
 
Title​ ​Medical Curriculum Innovations (MEDCIN)
​Member(s) ​Assoc Prof Nabil Zary
​Summary ​From the perspective of human cognition abilities, it is not possible to carefully read and verify whole curriculum (content of all learning units with all their linkages and co-dependencies). The use of proper data mining techniques and analytical methods can in-depth explore all sections of a curriculum. This is the reason why MEDCIN proposes an innovative methodological background including web-based visualization tool for comprehensive evaluation and map of medical curricula with the use of modern information and communication technologies. We aim to identify and validate novel, potentially useful patterns, which will significantly help curriculum managers/evaluators to make right decisions, and afterwards build a well-balanced medical curriculum. MEDCIN will not only eliminate poor transparencies in curricula, but will also help to improve teaching as such. 
​Contact Person ​Assoc Prof Nabil Zary​
​Title​ ​Widening Access to Virtual Educational Scenarios (WAVES)
​Member(s) ​Assoc Prof Nabil Zary
​Summary
Interactive virtual scenarios (VS) or simulations (Scenario-Based Learning; SBL) are recognised by many teaching and learning communities as effective tools for developing reasoning, and for safe training in workplace competency. However, the approach is challenging for educators to understand, and does not fit easily into conventional platforms either pedagogically or technically. Interactive virtual scenarios (VS) or simulations (Scenario-Based Learning; SBL) are recognise by many teaching and learning communities as effective tools for developing reasoning, and for safe training in workplace competency. However, the approach is challenging for educators to understand, and does not fit easily into conventional platforms either pedagogically or technically.
This project takes SBL ‘out-of-the-box’, to make it more accessible for a wide range of professions. Developments will include the ability to embed SBL activities directly into learning platforms and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), adding renewed pedagogic value and ease-of-use to learners through improved integration, progress monitoring, and the delivery of feedback. By embedding SBL, MOOCS will enable development of real world skills, competency and experience rather than knowledge. The provision of training materials in multiple languages, including a ‘How to create Virtual Scenarios’ MOOC, will make VS more accessible for educators.
​Contact Person ​Assoc Prof Nabil Zary​
 
​Title ​Research Programme on Team Based Learning
​Members ​Asst Prof Jerome Rotgans
​Summary

The objective of this research programme is to systematically study the educational/psychological mechanisms of Team-Based Learning.

​Contact Person Asst Prof Jerome Rotgans​
 
​Title A neuroscientific research programme on diagnostic reasoning in medicine
​Members Assoc Prof Naomi Low-Beer, Asst Prof Jerome Rotgans, Dr Lucy Rosby
​Summary
This project aims to explore whether there is a neurological basis for Dual-process theory in medicine.
​Contact Person Asst Prof Jerome Rotgans​
 
​Title BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)
​Members Dr Claire Canning
​Summary
Investigation of the BMAT’s contribution to the selection process at a new medical school in Singapore: how well does it predict academic performance.
​Contact Person Dr Claire Canning

 

Title Investigating the effectiveness of 3D Printed Models in anatomy teaching
​Members Dr Sreenivasulu Reddy Mogali
​Summary
Collaborative project between MERSU and the NTU School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in progress to develop a complex 3D printed model of the hand that will mimic the colour and texture of the cadaveric tissue. CT scans of potted pathological heart specimens were also performed and will be converted to 3D printed models using multi materials and multicolours.
​Contact Person Dr Sreenivasulu Reddy Mogali
 
Title 3D printed anatomical phantoms of artery, vein and nerve for haptic feedback
​Members Dr Sreenivasulu Reddy Mogali
​Summary
This study involves developing 3D prints of the artery, vein, nerve and muscle tissue which may mimic the properties of the human artery, vein and nerve using different materials and evaluate their haptic qualities by the experts (surgeons, pathologists, anatomist and clinicians).
​Contact Person Dr Sreenivasulu Reddy Mogali

 

Title Seeing through project
​Members Dr Lucy Rosby, Assoc Prof Naomi Low-Beer
​Summary
Collaborative project with NTU Institute of Media Innovation (IMI) and Imperial College London to develop a novel simulation system for teaching and learning digital rectal examination (DRE). This involves developing a visually immersive real time display, used in conjunction with a benchtop DRE simulator.
​Contact Person Dr Lucy Rosby

 

Title Technology enhanced burning questions: optimising classroom discussions to promote comprehension and critical thinking
​Members Dr Preman Rajalingam, Assoc Prof Naomi Low-Beer, Mr Paul Gagnon, Mr Alan Loe
​Summary
The study involves examining the questions submitted by students after the tRA exercise to determine, using Bloom's Taxonomy the degree to which the questions submitted indicate a movement from lower order questioning to higher order questioning skills development.
​Contact Person Dr Preman Rajalingam

 

Title Impact of teamwork skills training on teamwork quality in Team-Based Learning (TBL) setting
​Members Dr Preman Rajalingam, Ms Jessica Ang
​Summary
This study will aid us in understanding whether teaching teamwork skills to students will lead to an improvement in the quality of teamwork during their TBL sessions at LKCMedicine.
​Contact Person Dr Preman Rajalingam

 

Title Team teaching in TBL: bridging the discursive barrier between content- and process-driven pedagogy in large group TBL
​Members Dr Preman Rajalingam, Ms Yang Lishan
​Summary
This research will examine how faculty and facilitators synergise their efforts in the TBL classroom in order to optimise medical students’ learning experience, through observation of TBL sessions and interviews with faculty and facilitators. The interactions and discourses between the two groups of teaching staff, as well as their interactions with the students, will be analysed.
​Contact Person Dr Preman Rajalingam

 

Past Projects

Title Relationship between time on task and student achievement in team-based learning
​Member(s) ​Mr Paul Gagnon
​Summary Designing a learning analytics system to capture the time students spend reviewing the LKC School of Medicine Learning Resources and achievement in their iRA scores to determine if the extension to which correlation exists.
​Contact Person Mr Paul Gagnon
 
Title Enhancing the transition from classroom learning to workplace learning environments
​Member(s) ​Dr Lucy Rosby
​Summary Collaborative project between MERSU, NHG-HOMER and TTSH exploring the experiences of our inaugural cohort of students as they transitioned from Year 2 (largely classroom based learning) into Year 3 (full immersion in the clinical environment).
​Contact Person Dr Lucy Rosby

 

Grants

Project Title ​Awarding Body ​Principal Investigator
​A neuroscientific research programme on diagnostic reasoning ​National Research Foundation (Planning Grant) ​Assoc Prof Naomi Low-Beer
​Investigation of the BMAT’s contribution to the selection process at a new medical school in Singapore: how well does it predict academic performance ​Cambridge English Funded Research Programme ​Dr Claire Canning
​Investigating the Effectiveness of 3D Printed Models in Anatomy Teaching ​NTU EdEx  ​Dr Sreenivasulu Reddy Mogali
​Research Programme on Team Based Learning  ​LKCMedicine Strategic Academic Initiatives ​Asst Prof Jerome Rotgans