Approaches to teaching and learning

Section edited by Sigrid Harendza and Terese Stenfors-Hayes

This section considers manuscripts that investigate approaches to medical education (i.e., how teachers teach and how students learn) from the perspective of both the teacher and the learner.

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  1. Research article

    Virtual patients in the acquisition of clinical reasoning skills: does presentation mode matter? A quasi-randomized controlled trial

    The objective of this study is to compare two different instructional methods in the curricular use of computerized virtual patients in undergraduate medical education. We aim to investigate whether using many...

    Fabian Schubach, Matthias Goos, Götz Fabry, Werner Vach and Martin Boeker

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:165

    Published on: 15 September 2017

  2. Research article

    Increasing confidence and changing behaviors in primary care providers engaged in genetic counselling

    Screening and counseling for genetic conditions is an increasingly important part of primary care practice, particularly given the paucity of genetic counselors in the United States. However, primary care phys...

    Michael S. Wilkes, Frank C. Day, Tonya L. Fancher, Haley McDermott, Erik Lehman, Robert A. Bell and Michael J. Green

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:163

    Published on: 13 September 2017

  3. Research article

    ‘If it’s a medical issue I would have covered it by now’: learning about fibromyalgia through the hidden curriculum: a qualitative study

    Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a long-term condition that affects between 1 and 5% of the general population and lies within the spectrum of medically unexplained symptoms (MUS). FMS can be difficult to diagno...

    V. Silverwood, C.A. Chew-Graham, I. Raybould, B. Thomas and S. Peters

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:160

    Published on: 12 September 2017

  4. Research article

    Monitoring progression of clinical reasoning skills during health sciences education using the case method – a qualitative observational study

    Outcome- or competency-based education is well established in medical and health sciences education. Curricula are based on courses where students develop their competences and assessment is also usually cours...

    Kristina Orban, Maria Ekelin, Gudrun Edgren, Olof Sandgren, Pia Hovbrandt and Eva K. Persson

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:158

    Published on: 11 September 2017

  5. Research article

    Competencies for first year residents – physicians’ views from medical schools with different undergraduate curricula

    Frameworks like the CanMEDS model depicting professional roles and specific professional activities provide guidelines for postgraduate education. When medical graduates start their residency, they should poss...

    Sophie Fürstenberg, Kristina Schick, Jana Deppermann, Sarah Prediger, Pascal O. Berberat, Martina Kadmon and Sigrid Harendza

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:154

    Published on: 7 September 2017

  6. Research article

    Modified task-based learning program promotes problem-solving capacity among Chinese medical postgraduates: a mixed quantitative survey

    Despite great advances, China’s postgraduate education faces many problems, for example traditional lecture-based learning (LBL) method provides fewer oppotunities to apply knowledge in a working situation. Ta...

    Yanping Tian, Chengren Li, Jiali Wang, Qiyan Cai, Hanzhi Wang, Xingshu Chen, Yunlai Liu, Feng Mei, Lan Xiao, Rui Jian and Hongli Li

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:153

    Published on: 7 September 2017

  7. Research article

    Video-based feedback as a method for training rural healthcare workers to manage medical emergencies: a pilot study

    Video-based feedback has been shown to aid knowledge retention, skills learning and improve team functionality. We explored the use of video-based feedback and low fidelity simulation for training rural health...

    Zainab Oseni, Hla Hla Than, Edyta Kolakowska, Lauren Chalmers, Borimas Hanboonkunupakarn and Rose McGready

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:149

    Published on: 31 August 2017

  8. Research article

    A qualitative exploration of student perceptions of the impact of progress tests on learning and emotional wellbeing

    Progress testing was introduced to the MBChB programme at the University of Auckland in 2013. As there has been a focus in published literature on aspects relating to the format or function of progress tests, ...

    Jill Yielder, Andy Wearn, Yan Chen, Marcus A. Henning, Jennifer Weller, Steven Lillis, Vernon Mogol and Warwick Bagg

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:148

    Published on: 29 August 2017

  9. Research article

    Longitudinal evaluation of a pilot e-portfolio-based supervision programme for final year medical students: views of students, supervisors and new graduates

    Little is known about how best to implement portfolio-based learning in medical school. We evaluated the introduction of a formative e-portfolio-based supervision pilot for final year medical students by seeki...

    Gillian H. S. Vance, Bryan Burford, Ethan Shapiro and Richard Price

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:141

    Published on: 22 August 2017

  10. Research article

    Medical students’ preparedness for professional activities in early clerkships

    Sufficient preparedness is important for transitions to workplace participation and learning in clinical settings. This study aims to analyse medical students’ preparedness for early clerkships using a three-d...

    Josefin Bosch, Asja Maaz, Tanja Hitzblech, Ylva Holzhausen and Harm Peters

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:140

    Published on: 22 August 2017

  11. Research article

    Developing physiotherapy student safety skills in readiness for clinical placement using standardised patients compared with peer-role play: a pilot non-randomised controlled trial

    Using simulated learning environments with standardised patients (SPs) provides a way to scaffold the development of skills for patient safety in a low risk environment. There are no data regarding whether add...

    Anna C. Phillips, Shylie F. Mackintosh, Alison Bell and Kylie N. Johnston

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:133

    Published on: 10 August 2017

  12. Research article

    First year medical students’ learning style preferences and their correlation with performance in different subjects within the medical course

    Students commencing their medical training arrive with different educational backgrounds and a diverse range of learning experiences. Consequently, students would have developed preferred approaches to acquiri...

    Daniel Hernández-Torrano, Syed Ali and Chee-Kai Chan

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:131

    Published on: 8 August 2017

  13. Research article

    Learning intraprofessional collaboration by participating in a consultation programme: what and how did primary and secondary care trainees learn?

    A growing number of patients require overview and management in both primary and secondary care. This situation requires that primary and secondary care professionals have well developed collaborative skills. ...

    Marijn Janssen, Margaretha H. Sagasser, Elisabeth A. M. Laro, Jacqueline de Graaf and Nynke D. Scherpbier-de Haan

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:125

    Published on: 19 July 2017

  14. Research article

    Developing mentorship in a resource-limited context: a qualitative research study of the experiences and perceptions of the makerere university student and faculty mentorship programme

    The aim of mentorship is to build the mentees capacity, enhance their skills and improve their ability to produce desired outcomes. However, the mentoring relationship is vulnerable to a number of challenges t...

    Andrew S. Ssemata, Sophia Gladding, Chandy C. John and Sarah Kiguli

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:123

    Published on: 14 July 2017

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