Digital problem-based learning: An innovative and efficient method of teaching medicine

Mistry, Khaylen, Chetty, Natasha Casie, Gurung, Puran and Levell, Nicholas ORCID: (2019) Digital problem-based learning: An innovative and efficient method of teaching medicine. Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development, 6. ISSN 2382-1205

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Background: The breadth of knowledge assimilated by undergraduates is substantial. Time must be utilised to impart knowledge and skills to ensure optimal training. Dermatology comprises a large portion of work in primary care; yet UK undergraduate dermatology training is short. Digital problem-based learning (PBL) is an innovative teaching method incorporating clinical images into intense, interactive teaching sessions. Aim: To determine the efficacy of digital PBL sessions in teaching UK medical students during their dermatology module. Methods: In total, 59 second-year medical students at Norwich Medical School during their dermatology secondary care attachment completed two 2.5-h digital PBL sessions. One session was focused on lesions and the second on inflammatory diseases. During each session, students assessed 60 clinical cases each comprising an image with a brief history. In small groups, students discussed the cases, described the images, and agreed a diagnosis followed by a group discussion with the supervising clinician who provided feedback. Following each session, students completed a feedback questionnaire. Results: In total, 117 sets of feedback were received; 60% of students considered they learnt a great amount in a short time. The majority of students reported feeling more confident to make a dermatological diagnosis and more motivated in clinics as a result of the digital PBL; 64% of students found digital PBL more useful than real patient clinics. The most frequent negative comment was that 2.5 h was too long to concentrate. Conclusions: Digital PBL was a popular, effective, and efficient teaching method. Digital PBL sessions should be introduced alongside clinics and other teaching methods for undergraduates.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2019 12:30
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2023 14:30
DOI: 10.1177/2382120518825254


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