Dermatology 2013

Notes: Maurice, Paul D L

Fenton, Tracy

Cross, Nicholas

Thomson, Ian A

Rennie, Sarah C

van Rij, Andre M

eng

New Zealand

2013/03/07 06:00

N Z Med J. 2013 Feb 15;126(1369):27-33.

URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23463107

Author Address: Department of Dermatology, Parkside Outpatients, Private Bag 4710, Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch 8001, New Zealand. paul.maurice@cdhb.govt.nz

 

 

Reference Type:  Journal Article

Record Number: 4505Author: McCleskey, P. E.

Year: 2013

Title: Clinic teaching made easy: a prospective study of the American Academy of Dermatology core curriculum in primary care learners

Journal: J Am Acad Dermatol

Volume: 69

Issue: 2

Pages: 273-9

Date: Aug

Short Title: Clinic teaching made easy: a prospective study of the American Academy of Dermatology core curriculum in primary care learners

Alternate Journal: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

ISSN: 1097-6787 (Electronic)

0190-9622 (Linking)

DOI: 10.1016/j.jaad.2012.12.955

Accession Number: 23415684

Keywords: Adult

*Clinical Competence

Computer-Assisted Instruction/methods

*Curriculum

Dermatology/*education

Education, Medical, Graduate

Education, Medical, Undergraduate

Educational Measurement

Family Practice/*education

Female

Humans

*Internet

Internship and Residency

Learning

Male

Primary Health Care

Prospective Studies

Societies, Medical

United States

Abstract: BACKGROUND: Dermatology instruction for primary care learners is limited, and the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has developed a new core curriculum for dermatology. OBJECTIVE: This study sought to prospectively evaluate short-term knowledge acquisition and long-term knowledge retention after using the AAD core curriculum during a clinical dermatology clerkship. METHODS: Resident physicians and physician assistant students performing clerkships at military dermatology clinics were given access to the AAD core curriculum teaching modules before their public availability. Knowledge acquisition was measured with pretests and posttests, and a follow-up quiz was given up to a year after the dermatology rotation to assess knowledge retention. RESULTS: In all, 82 primary care learners met inclusion criteria. Knowledge improved significantly from pretest to posttest (60.1 vs 77.4, P < .01). Of the 10 factors evaluated, only high use of the World Wide Web site was significantly associated with improved posttest scores (70.8 vs 82.2, P = .003). Long-term follow-up scores available from 38 participants were only slightly lower than their posttest scores (70.5 vs 78.9, P < .01) at a median time of 6.8 months after the clerkship. Students found the online modules clear, engaging, and worth their time and preferred them to other teaching methods such as textbook reading and lectures. LIMITATIONS: The nonrandomized study was voluntary, so individual performance may be influenced by selection bias. CONCLUSION: The more learners used the online curriculum, the better they scored on the posttest. This demonstrates the efficacy of the AAD core curriculum in teaching its goals and objectives for primary care learners performing a dermatology clerkship.

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