The Summer School on Parkinson’s Disease, is one of my major projects, undertaken as a personal inititiative. The summer school concept was inspired by the World Healthcare Students’ Symposium in 2007, the first international Leadership Summer school in 2008 and my experience with medical education until that date. What if I can develop an educational concept, that I could like myself?
This summer school brings together personal development and academic learning into one educational concept. In it’s current shape it’s not cheap and it’s resource intensive, due to the fact that we push forward the concept and continuously work on innovating it. However, the workflow as we have designed it, can be easily copied into environment that have a well developed peer-assisted learning and peer education tradition. We hope to develop this concept into a direction where universities low on resources, can deliver work of a similar or higher quality than rich universities, by optimising use of resources and strengthening of the educational process.
The latest frontiers we explore are:
- Can we engage patients, carers and academic experts into peer reviewing our outcomes?
- Can we develop research project proposals for pilot studies that can be funded and executed?
- Can we flood the research community with good fundable ideas? – Value: getting good ideas executed is more important than receiving personal benefit / prestige from it. Rational: too many good ideas are not connected to an opportunity to be executed. If you can make up a good idea once, you can do it twice (vs people stealing good ideas, don’t know how to make good ideas).
- Can we involve patient-activist communities in our summer school for mutual benefit?
- Can we use assessment to reinforce a work process including teamwork and healthy collaborations in situations of stress, time pressure and sleep deprivation. — as the summer school is extremely intensive and the social programme is very intensive as well (work hard – play hard).