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Medical Education

Sari Ponzers research group in medical education focuses on interprofessional education and on professional development. Starting and developing a clinical interprofessional training ward (IPTW) has been, and still is, one of the major interests.

Research projects

Interprofessional Education

A clinical interprofessional training ward (IPTW) has been running since 1998 at Södersjukhuset. The research group has demonstrated that a 2-week interprofessional clinical course at the IPTW, designed for medical students, nursing students, occupational therapy students and physiotherapy students is beneficial on short and long term in developing their own professional roles and their function as team members. They have also shown that team building training improves teamwork and collaboration.

The research group members are involved in validating a new tool for assessing interprofessional education (IPE) also cooperate with Linköping University, Hälsouniversitetet in a study focusing on the impact of IPE in different educational contexts.

More information: Sari Ponzer, Uffe Hylin, Hanna Lachmann

Contextual Activity Sampling System (CASS)

The research group has developed a methodology and tool to collect and analyse contextualized data of students' learning experiences in clinical environment, the Contextual Activity Sampling System (CASS). The research group has shown that CASS is possible to use in clinical settings. The method provides detailed data about students learning activities and can be used on courses and other activities where self-reflection is an important component on their learning activities.

More information: Hanna Lachmann (Sophiahemmet Högskola), Klas Karlgren, Sari Ponzer

Professional development

Professional development is an important part of medical education but there is no generally accepted model how to integrate these aspects in the medical school curricula. The group has shown that one-to-one mentoring and group mentoring enhance the medical students professional and personal development.

Group mentoring is today a mandatory part of the professional development for medical students at KI. Focus for the research group is to follow medical students over a longer period of time via CASS and study their professional development.

More information: Susanne Kalén, Uffe Hylin, Sari Ponzer

Standardized Patients

A Standardized patients (SP) program has been running at Södersjukhuset for more than 10 years. An SP is defined as an individual, who has been trained to replicate the patient presentation in a clinical encounter setting in a consistent and realistic way. The group focuses on quality insurance of the SPs performance in the assessment of interpersonal and communication skills in a OSCE examination. Cultural aspects on professional behavior between Sweden and Iran are also studied.

More information: Mandana Shirazi, Italo Masiello, Sari Ponzer

Research group

Uffe Hylin

Susanne Kalén

Italo Masiello

Sari Ponzer

Mandana Shirazi

Selected publications

Longitudinal mentorship to support the development of medical students' future professional role: a qualitative study.
Kalén S, Ponzer S, Seeberger A, Kiessling A, Silén C
BMC Med Educ 2015 Jun;15():97

[The supervisor has a crucial role in the medical student's degree projects. Experiences from seven semesters at Karolinska Institutet].
Möller R, Shoshan M, Ponzer S
Lakartidningen 2015 Jan;112():

Healthcare professionals hesitate to perform CPR for fear of harming the patient.
Mäkinen M, Niemi-Murola L, Ponzer S, Kurola J, Aune S, Kurland L, et al
Resuscitation 2014 Nov;85(11):e181-2

Faculty development through international exchange: the IMEX initiative.
Ten Cate O, Mann K, McCrorie P, Ponzer S, Snell L, Steinert Y
Med Teach 2014 Jul;36(7):591-5

Assessing medical students' communication skills by the use of standardized patients: emphasizing standardized patients' quality assurance.
Shirazi M, Labaf A, Monjazebi F, Jalili M, Mirzazadeh M, Ponzer S, et al
Acad Psychiatry 2014 Jun;38(3):354-60

Promoting reflection by using contextual activity sampling: a study on students' interprofessional learning.
Lachmann H, Fossum B, Johansson U, Karlgren K, Ponzer S
J Interprof Care 2014 Sep;28(5):400-6

Capturing students' learning experiences and academic emotions at an interprofessional training ward.
Lachmann H, Ponzer S, Johansson U, Benson L, Karlgren K
J Interprof Care 2013 Mar;27(2):137-45