Author: Atwa H and Al-Rabia M Publication Year: 2014
Summary: The process of infection with different infectious agents is not fully understood. This report suggests a simulation model to teach the epidemiology of epidemic infectious diseases with emphasis on the newly discovered Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-coronavirus (MERS-CoV).
Description: Infection with different infectious agents (e.g., viruses, bacteria, fungi …) is a common process that happens often and its consequences are continuously encountered by healthcare professionals everywhere. The process is not fully understood by scientists, and teaching it in health professions education institutions with the traditional methods does not guarantee complete understanding of the process and its different aspects. The primary teaching tools of the existing classical infectious diseases courses usually include lectures and notes and are evaluated with multiple-choice tests. These curricula favor short-term memory, fail to stimulate active student participation, and do not respect the students' diverse talents and ways of learning.

In this report, we suggested a simulation model to teach the epidemiology of epidemic infectious diseases in general with special emphasis on the newly discovered Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-coronavirus (MERS-CoV); the most fatal virus of its species with the potential to develop into a pandemic. The MERS-CoV simulation model will be integrated at the last week of a teacher-led virology curriculum. The proposed MERS-CoV simulation model may boost those curricula and provide a better understanding of a recently identified, notorious and largely misunderstood infection.

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