The Diagnostic, Clinical and Therapeutic Education Programme (DCTEP) on Inherited Metabolic Disorders (IMDs) is the first e-learning course developed by the MetabERN network. It provides participants with a comprehensive basis of metabolic rare and complex diseases, and the necessary skills and knowledge to be capable of diagnosis, management, and treatment of these patients in a multidisciplinary manner. This course has the overall objectives to train a new class of professionals with specific expertise in IMDs and to create awareness on IMDs among all the professional figures involved in the complex management of these patients.
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The course is reserved for medical graduates. The target audience is represented by post-graduate medical students and medical residents with knowledge in the field of biochemistry, clinics and genetics. The course is also addressed to general practitioners and various medical specialists (including pediatrics, geneticists, neurologists, rheumatologists, orthopedics, endocrinologists, neurologists, hematologists, gastro-enterologists, and cardiologists).
The course will provide participants with both basic theoretical knowledge and practical experience on IMDs. The theoretical knowledge is mainly focused on the biochemical basis of cellular metabolism and on the genetics, diagnosis and clinical management of IMDs. The practical experience will be gained through the use of patient-based case studies, presented and discussed within the lessons. By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
Currently, the course consists of 11 modules, each including different lessons presented as video lectures by different experts in the field of IMDs, chosen among MetabERN members. It is designed to be continuously updated by adding new modules.
The course can be attended upon registration into MetabERN reserved area. After registration and validation of the participation requirements by MetabERN staff, students will be enrolled in the course and allowed to attend all modules. However, attendance to the entire course is not mandatory and the enrolled participants can choose to follow only one or a few module(s). The modules can be attended in separate sessions and following a random order.
Lessons are presented as video lectures, provided through a platform that assures a distraction-free and flexible learning experience. Any electronic device, equipped with a web browser and an Internet connection, as well as any operative system, can be used. No further applications need to be downloaded.
In order to assess the achievement of the educational objectives, learners should complete an exam session consisting of a multiple-choice questionnaire made up of 10 questions, with an estimated duration of 10 minutes. Learners need to achieve exam session passmark of 70 % for each lesson. Each exam session can be undertaken more than once.
Each module also includes a survey collecting students’ feedback on that module, which will need to be validated by a member of MetabERN coordination office. When all the module lessons have been attended, all the relative self-assessments completed and the feedback survey approved, the module is considered completed.
The Diagnostic, Clinical and Therapeutic Programme (DCTEP) on Inherited Metabolic Disorders (IMDs) has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). After completing each module, students will be awarded the relative CME credits, with a total amount of 17 CME credits in case of completion of the entire course.
For each completed module, a certificate reporting the obtained CME credits will be available for download in the reserved area.