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Type: Journal article
Title: Computers in medical education 2. Use of a computer package to supplement the clinical experience in a surgical clerkship: an objective evaluation
Author: Devitt, P.
Cehic, D.
Palmer, E.
Citation: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery, 1998; 68(6):428-431
Publisher: BLACKWELL SCIENCE
Issue Date: 1998
ISSN: 1445-1433
1445-2197
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Student teaching of surgery has been devolved from the university in an effort to increase and broaden undergraduate clinical experience. In order to ensure uniformity of learning we have defined learning objectives and provided a computer-based package to supplement clinical teaching. A study was undertaken to evaluate the place of computer-based learning in a clinical environment. METHODS: Twelve modules were provided for study during a 6-week attachment. These covered clinical problems related to cardiology, neurosurgery and gastrointestinal haemorrhage. Eighty-four fourth-year students undertook a pre- and post-test assessment on these three topics as well as acute abdominal pain. No extra learning material on the latter topic was provided during the attachment. RESULTS: While all students showed significant improvement in performance in the post-test assessment, those who had access to the computer material performed significantly better than did the controls. Within the topics, students in both groups performed equally well on the post-test assessment of acute abdominal pain but the control group's performance was significantly lacking on the topic of gastrointestinal haemorrhage, suggesting that the bulk of learning on this subject came from the computer material and little from the clinical attachment. CONCLUSIONS: This type of learning resource can be used to supplement the student's clinical experience and at the same time monitor what they learn during clinical clerkships and identify areas of weakness.
Keywords: Humans; Education, Medical, Undergraduate; Clinical Clerkship; Computer-Assisted Instruction; Multimedia; Software; Evaluation Studies as Topic; General Surgery
RMID: 0030004687
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1998.tb04793.x
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