Gastroenterology Foundation e.V., Klinikum r.d. Isar Technische Universität,
Munich, Germany - Professor Dr. med. Drs. h.c. Meinhard Classen (Chairman)
When our international consortium for the development of a newly constructed Gastroenterology Department at the Muhimbili University Hospital in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) was looking into options for web-based online-teaching for future specialists in the disciplines of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, we were recommended to take contact with MRTRM B.V. in Best/The Netherlands. This highly specialized company has an excellent track record with respect to the implementation of different learning strategies, and also regarding the creation of on-site and online learning materials directed at a global target group of technical/medical company personnel as well as final end-users.
After a short briefing about the special conditions of the Muhimbili Hospital, the character of the target ‘fellows’ to be promoted, and the huge and very heterogenous teaching material, MRTRM came up with a convincing concept. Not only did the concept merge video-conferencing and presentations, discussions and joint revision of any kind of audio-visual materials (with the possibility of storing these in libraries), but also added the administration of personal and professional data of single participants and institutions (accessible in dedicated general or person specific sections). In this way, not only the characteristics and activities of individuals and a single department could be reflected, but potentially also the structures, tasks and achievements within national or international networks of similar kind. In November 2014, in a consortium meeting in Munich/D, MRTRM demonstrated a prototype of their concept.
After this demonstration, the above-mentioned consortium decided spontaneously to subscribe to the further development of this prototype for the given purpose, and also to test and promote the product in future national and international grant applications regarding academic teaching.
On behalf of the consortium,
Prof. Dr. M. Classen, Munich/D
January 3rd, 2015