The problem with time
German doctors have roughly 7–10 minutes for their patients. Lack of time is a central problem in the German healthcare system, whether in the hospital or in the practice. In order to successfully treat a disease, it is necessary to know the reason for it. Collecting and interpreting the necessary information often takes time.
Furthermore, continuous training and further education is elementary for medical professionals. It serves to maintain and continuously develop professional competence. At the same time, high-quality in patient treatment and medical care should be guaranteed. Lifelong learning and the need for continuous further education are widely established in modern medicine. But in the best case, continuing education should happen brain- and time friendly. As further training also requires time, the golden rule is: keeping education short, smart and simple.
Time for microlearning
The concept of microlearning fits in with our fast-paced world and continuous change. On the one hand, because micro contents are small learning units that provide answers at any given point of the day, or in other words every now and then. They enable new knowledge to be acquired fast and skills to be expanded widely. On the other hand, these small units can also be designed in combination with other forms of learning such as online and face-to-face seminars. In order to suit the needs of the learners and encourage spending more time learning.
These learning sessions enable ongoing, efficient knowledge and skills development. Imagine a large competence cube, which consists of many small cubes of knowledge, I can always reassemble the small cubes to match. Speaking from educational research, people learn best over a longer period of time if they retrieve and apply knowledge over and over again, instead of only attending a seminar once a year.
The Academy for Klinikmanagement uses microlearning as part of an online course for clinicians. In structured learning modules, single units of a maximum of 15 minutes are placed in such a way that they can be inserted into every break or on-call duty. Thus enabling the necessary flexibility. You can find out more about this in this video explaining microlearning (in German).