The Project Review Module (PRM) is a training exercise for reviewing a fellow’s project (MediPIET assignment) and also for preparing participants to present their findings and messages to a large audience.
This training provides specific tools and hints on how to present orally a project and its findings or a protocol and expected scientific findings in a limited amount of time, using the most appropriate support to efficiently convey the selected message(s). In a broader sense, it allows participants to prepare for an oral communication at any conference.
The training is based on an open peer-reviewed process, where participants also develop skills to provide constructive feedback in the most useful way for the receiver. Furthermore, participants should also make use of the feedback received to improve their presentations and projects.
Due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions, the Project Review Module 2020 planned to be delivered face-to-face on 23-27 March 2020 in Budva, Montenegro was postponed. The hereby module is intended to replace the postponed face-to-face module in a distance learning format.

The objectives of the Project Review Module 2020 are to:

  1. Prepare the participants for submitting and presenting their work at an International Public Health Conference (for MediPIET fellows, ESCAIDE 2020 is a suggested choice),
  2. Have fellows’ projects, upon which the presentations are based, reviewed in depth with and by their peers,
  3. Get trained on how to provide and receive constructive feedback to peers’ and own presentations (communication skills) and projects (scientific content and methods adequacy).

The expected results of this training are 1) to improve participants’ oral and written scientific communication skills and 2) to allow all attendees to learn from each other’s work and professional experience. Participation of MediPIET supervisors as reviewers is key to cross-fertilize their Institute of Public Health (IPH)/Ministry of Health (MoH) as training sites and strengthen the MediPIET network. MediPIET supervisors will gain an overview of projects conducted by fellows in the different training sites and will have the opportunity to harmonize quality standards

The module will be delivered from 8th to 30th July 2020. The decision to spread the module over a month the course is because the majority of fellows and facilitators are directly involved in their countries’ response and they have a very busy schedule due to the current COVID-19 situation. Hence, it is impossible for them to dedicate five full working days in a row, as was planned for the face-to-face module delivery, to their participation in the online module.  Additionally, during this period some participants have already planned their annual leave, a fact that needs to be taken into account in the planning of the module. Consequently, each group of participants and facilitators will complete Round 1 of the module according to their availability and for 3-4.5 hours per week during July 2020

There will be two plenary sessions of MediPIET Project Review Module 2020, according to the following agenda:

Plenary 1 on Wednesday 22nd July 2020 at 2pm CEST via WebEX

  • Seroprevalence of Measles Antibodies in Tunisia: First findings of 2019 National Survey by Dr Molka Osman
  • Analysis of national surveillance data of Lyme Borreliosis, Georgia, 2019 by Ms Ekaterine Jabidze
  • Challenges in the implementation of a COVID-19 Electronic Integrated Disease Surveillance System, Ukraine, 2020 by Dr Oleksandr Matskov
  • COVID-19 among Health Care Workers in Albania, March-June 2020 by Dr Rovena Daja
  • First observations of Human Alveolar Echinococcosis in the Republic of Armenia, 2008-2020 by Ms Ani Manukyan
  • Epidemiologic features of human brucellosis in Georgia, 2015-2019 by Ms Mariam Pashalishvili

Plenary 2 on Thursday 30th July 2020 at 2pm CEST via WebEX

  • COVID-19 infection among healthcare workers in Republic of Moldova, 2020 by Dr Alina Druc
  • Epidemiological features of shigellosis in the Republic of Armenia, 2016-2019 by Dr Arayik Papoyan
  • Gastroenteritis outbreak investigation in Metn, Mount Lebanon, September 2019 by Dr Riham Bassam
  • High burden of severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and influenza like illnesses (ILI) among adults and elderly using sentinel surveillance data, Ukraine, 2018-2019 by Ms. Oksana Artemсhuk
  • Knowledge, attitude and practice towards West Nile virus infection among final year medical students in Belgrade, Serbia, 2019 by Dr Dragana Stosovic
  • Insecticide thermal fogging in hyrax dens is effective in the control of leismaniasis vectors in rural Palestine, 2019 by Mr. Samir Sawalha

You will be able to download HERE the abstract booklet with all the communications and the meeting details to join in these WebEx sessions