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

    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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Research article

    “No patient should die of PPH just for the lack of training!” Experiences from multi-professional simulation training on postpartum hemorrhage in northern Tanzania: a qualitative study

    Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is a major cause of maternal morbidity and mortality. In Tanzania, PPH causes 25% of maternal deaths. Skilled attendance is crucial to saving the lives of mothers and their newborns...

    Signe Egenberg, Bjørg Karlsen, Deodatus Massay, Happiness Kimaro and Lars Edvin Bru

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:119

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  7. 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

  8. Research article

    Assessing colonoscopic inspection skill using a virtual withdrawal simulation: a preliminary validation of performance metrics

    The effectiveness of colonoscopy for diagnosing and preventing colon cancer is largely dependent on the ability of endoscopists to fully inspect the colonic mucosa, which they achieve primarily through skilled...

    Christine M. Zupanc, Guy M. Wallis, Andrew Hill, Robin Burgess-Limerick, Stephan Riek, Annaliese M. Plooy, Mark S. Horswill, Marcus O. Watson, Hans de Visser, David Conlan and David G. Hewett

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:118

    Published on: 12 July 2017

  9. Research article

    E-learning in graduate medical education: survey of residency program directors

    E-learning—the use of Internet technologies to enhance knowledge and performance—has become a widely accepted instructional approach. Little is known about the current use of e-learning in postgraduate medical...

    Christopher M. Wittich, Anoop Agrawal, David A. Cook, Andrew J. Halvorsen, Jayawant N. Mandrekar, Saima Chaudhry, Denise M. Dupras, Amy S. Oxentenko and Thomas J. Beckman

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:114

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  10. Research article

    Does the unexpected death of the manikin in a simulation maintain the participants’ perceived self-efficacy? An observational prospective study with medical students

    The death of a simulated patient is controversial. Some educators feel that having a manikin die is prejudicial to learning; others feel it is a way of better preparing students for these situations. Perceived...

    Anne Weiss, Morgan Jaffrelot, Jean-Claude Bartier, Thierry Pottecher, Isabelle Borraccia, Gilles Mahoudeau, Eric Noll, Véronique Brunstein, Chloé Delacour and Thierry Pelaccia

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:109

    Published on: 6 July 2017

  11. Research article

    Supervision and autonomy of ophthalmology residents in the outpatient Clinic in the United States: a survey of ACGME-accredited programs

    The development and demonstration of incremental trainee autonomy is required by the ACGME. However, there is scant published research concerning autonomy of ophthalmology residents in the outpatient clinic se...

    Eric L. Singman, Divya Srikumaran, Laura Green, Jing Tian and Peter McDonnell

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:105

    Published on: 26 June 2017

  12. Research article

    Vienna Summer School on Oncology: how to teach clinical decision making in a multidisciplinary environment

    Clinical decision making in oncology is based on both inter- and multidisciplinary approach. Hence teaching future doctors involved in oncology or general health practice is crucial. The aim of the Vienna Summ...

    Carola Lütgendorf-Caucig, Philipp A. Kaiser, Alexandra Machacek, Cora Waldstein, Richard Pötter and Henriette Löffler-Stastka

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:100

    Published on: 6 June 2017

  13. Research article

    How changing quality management influenced PGME accreditation: a focus on decentralization and quality improvement

    Evaluating the quality of postgraduate medical education (PGME) programs through accreditation is common practice worldwide. Accreditation is shaped by educational quality and quality management. An appropriat...

    Nesibe Akdemir, Kiki M. J. M. H. Lombarts, Emma Paternotte, Bas Schreuder and Fedde Scheele

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:98

    Published on: 2 June 2017

  14. Research article

    The feasibility and efficacy of implementing a focused cardiac ultrasound course into a medical school curriculum

    Teaching cardiac ultrasound to medical students in a brief course is a challenge. We aimed to evaluate the feasibility of teaching large groups of medical students the acquisition and interpretation of cardiac...

    Sergio L. Kobal, Yotam Lior, Alon Ben-Sasson, Noah Liel-Cohen, Ori Galante and Lior Fuchs

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:94

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  15. Research article

    Is the delivery of a quality improvement education programme in obstetrics and gynaecology for final year medical students feasible and still effective in a shortened time frame?

    Teaching clinical audit skills to nascent health professionals is one strategy to improve frontline care. The undergraduate medical curriculum at the University of Auckland provides improvement science theory ...

    Bridget Kool, Michelle R. Wise, Roshini Peiris-John, Lynn Sadler, Faith Mahony and Susan Wells

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:91

    Published on: 26 May 2017

  16. Research article

    A preliminary investigation to explore the cognitive resources of physicians experiencing difficulty in training

    Treating patients is complex, and research shows that there are differences in cognitive resources between physicians who experience difficulties, and those who do not. It is possible that differences in some ...

    Fiona Patterson, Fran Cousans, Iain Coyne, Jo Jones, Sheona Macleod and Lara Zibarras

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:87

    Published on: 15 May 2017

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