Development and delivery of an interactive, distance-taught course in obstetrics and gynecology based on patient problems

Citation
T. Egan et al., Development and delivery of an interactive, distance-taught course in obstetrics and gynecology based on patient problems, TEACH L MED, 11(4), 1999, pp. 214-222
Citations number
17
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
General & Internal Medicine
Journal title
TEACHING AND LEARNING IN MEDICINE
ISSN journal
1040-1334 → ACNP
Volume
11
Issue
4
Year of publication
1999
Pages
214 - 222
Database
ISI
SICI code
1040-1334(199923)11:4<214:DADOAI>2.0.ZU;2-G
Abstract
Background: For many practicing clinicians, it may be easiest to access pos tgraduate education through distance-learning programs. This article descri bes the development and delivery of a course consisting of 2 papers (in obs tetrics and in gynecology) taught at a distance using an audio-conference n etwork. Description: Each of the papers consists of 6 modules. Together they consti tute the academic component of a postgraduate diploma. Fulfilling a set of practical requirements as specified in a logbook completes the diploma. The old diploma was based on supervised clinical experience and bedside teachi ng. The new diploma includes papers based on audio-conference sessions stru ctured around patient problems. A course book provides all the essential re ading together with learning objectives for each module and 'clinical trigg ers' for the patient problems. Evaluations: Throughout the course we routinely survey student perceptions of the learning process and consistently they rate learning outcomes positi vely. Short-term follow-up demonstrates that the course continues to be see n as useful. The course is increasingly popular with interns, general pract itioners, midwives, and nurses. Conclusions: If is possible to develop a community of inquiry through a cou rse based on patient problems using an audio-conference network.