e-Modules Increase Practical Skills Preparation

practicalskillspreparation   This study compares two different teaching modalities for pre-clerkship practical skills training sessions.  In UMC Utrecht Faculty of Medicine, students performed a total of 16 physical examination training sessions over two academic years (2011-12 and 2012-13).  Each of these sessions were tested by end of year comprehensive Observed Structured Clinical Exams (OSCEs).  To prepare for each session, students had mandatory preparation sessions.  Some of the prep sessions were text-based, while others were interactive e-modules.  OSCE test scores were used to benchmark competency in each skill. Scores were compared between skills where the preparation modules were text-based verses e-modules.  The overall results indicate that for OSCE stations with an e-module preparation, students received a higher score than for those with text-based preps (average 3.67 vs 3.58).  In addition, looking at individual students, scores were higher for each student for e-module prep stations than for text-prep stations (3.6 vs 3.5; n=332).  The authors conclude that physical examination skills can improve with introduction of e-module preparation sessions, which are at least as good, and probably more convenient than text-based preparations.– Lee Ann Schein, Ph. D

Kwant KJ, Custers EJ, Jongen-Hermus FJ, Kluijtmans M. Preparation by mandatory E-modules improves learning of practical skills: a quasi-experimental comparison of skill examination results. BMC Med Educ. 2015 Jun 10;15:102.

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