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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. Content type: Research article

    The Learner-Centered Student-run Clinic (LC-SRC) was designed to teach and train prescribing skills grounded in a real-life context, to provide students with early clinical experience and responsibility. The c...

    Authors: Tim Schutte, Jelle Tichelaar, Ramon S. Dekker, Abel Thijs, Theo P. G. M. de Vries, Rashmi A. Kusurkar, Milan C. Richir and Michiel A. van Agtmael

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:23

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    As medical education develops into a varied and well-developed field of research, the issue of quality research anchored in or generating theory has gained increasing importance. Medical education researchers ...

    Authors: Klara Bolander Laksov, Tim Dornan and Pim W. Teunissen

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:18

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    There is limited research to inform effective pedagogies for teaching global health to undergraduate medical students. Theoretically, using a combination of teaching pedagogies typically used in ‘international...

    Authors: Mark Ambrose, Linda Murray, Nicholas E. Handoyo, Deif Tunggal and Nick Cooling

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:10

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Professional socialisation and identity arise from interactions occurring within university-based interprofessional education, and workplace-based interprofessional practice experience. However, it is unclear ...

    Authors: Helena Ward, Lyn Gum, Stacie Attrill, Donald Bramwell, Iris Lindemann, Sharon Lawn and Linda Sweet

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:5

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Instant messaging applications have the potential to improve and facilitate communication between hospital doctors and students, hence generating and improving learning opportunities. This study aims to demons...

    Authors: Lewis Raiman, Richard Antbring and Asad Mahmood

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2017 17:7

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Learning to perform pelvic and breast examinations produces anxiety for many medical students. Clerkship directors have long sought strategies to help students become comfortable with the sensitive nature of t...

    Authors: Lorraine Dugoff, Archana Pradhan, Petra Casey, John L. Dalrymple, Jodi F. Abbott, Samantha D. Buery-Joyner, Alice Chuang, Amie J. Cullimore, David A. Forstein, Brittany S. Hampton, Joseph M. Kaczmarczyk, Nadine T. Katz, Francis S. Nuthalapaty, Sarah M. Page-Ramsey, Abigail Wolf and Nancy A. Hueppchen

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:314

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Students in biomedical disciplines require understanding of normal and abnormal microscopic appearances of human tissues (histology and histopathology). For this purpose, practical classes in these disciplines...

    Authors: Michael Sahota, Betty Leung, Stephanie Dowdell and Gary M. Velan

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:311

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The process of using a scalpel, like all other motor activities, is dependent upon the successful integration of afferent (sensory), cognitive and efferent (motor) processes. During learning of these skills, e...

    Authors: Ryan S Causby, Michelle N McDonnell, Lloyd Reed and Susan L Hillier

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:309

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Establishing a strong link early on between preclinical coursework and the clinical context is necessary for students to be able to recognize the practical relevance of the curriculum during their preclinical ...

    Authors: Nicole Rafai, Martin Lemos, Lieven Nils Kennes, Ayichah Hawari, Susanne Gerhardt-Szép and Irmgard Classen-Linke

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:305

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Good communication is a major factor in delivering high quality in care. Research indicates that current communication skills training alone might not sufficiently enable students to find context-specific crea...

    Authors: Gabriele Lutz, Gudrun Roling, Bettina Berger, Friedrich Edelhäuser and Christian Scheffer

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:301

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  11. Content type: Research article

    With the adoption of the English language in medical education, a gap in clinical communication may develop in countries where the native language is different from the language of medical education. This stud...

    Authors: Vanda Abi Raad, Kareem Raad, Yazan Daaboul, Serge Korjian, Nadia Asmar, Mouin Jammal and Sola Aoun Bahous

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:298

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Learning to undertake intimate female and male examinations is an important part of medical student training but opportunities to participate in practical, supervised learning in a safe environment can be limi...

    Authors: Lynn McBain, Susan Pullon, Sue Garrett and Kath Hoare

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:299

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  13. Content type: Research article

    There is a need to change the focus of nursing education from traditional teacher-centered training programs to student-centered active methods. The integration of the two active learning techniques will impro...

    Authors: Nahid Zarifsanaiey, Mitra Amini and Farideh Saadat

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:294

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  14. Content type: Research article

    During their pre-clinical years, medical students are given the opportunity to practice clinical skills with simulated patients. During these formative objective structured clinical encounters (OSCEs), tutors ...

    Authors: Noelle Junod Perron, Martine Louis-Simonet, Bernard Cerutti, Eva Pfarrwaller, Johanna Sommer and Mathieu Nendaz

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:293

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Lectures remain an important teaching method to present and structure knowledge to many students concurrently. Adequate measures are necessary to maintain the quality of the lectures. The aim of this study was...

    Authors: Jasmina Sterz, Sebastian H. Höfer, Bernd Bender, Maren Janko, Farzin Adili and Miriam Ruesseler

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:292

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  16. Content type: Research article

    In changing higher education environments, medical educators are increasingly challenged to prepare new doctors to care for ageing populations. The Depth of Field: Exploring Ageing resource (DOF) uses photogra...

    Authors: Gabrielle Brand, Ashlee Osborne, Mark Carroll, Sandra E. Carr and Christopher Etherton-Beer

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:289

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Training people to deliver mindfulness-based interventions (MBI) is becoming an important activity as mindfulness has been shown to have clinical benefits across a variety of conditions. Training courses must ...

    Authors: Simon Whitesman and Robert Mash

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:287

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Experts suggest observation and feedback is a useful tool for teaching and evaluating medical student communication skills during the clinical years. Failing to do this effectively risks contributing to deteri...

    Authors: Heather Schopper, Marcy Rosenbaum and Rick Axelson

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:286

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The objectives of this prospective randomized trial were to assess the impact of Peyton’s four-step approach on the acquisition of complex psychomotor skills and to examine the influence of gender on learning ...

    Authors: Gertraud Gradl-Dietsch, Cavan Lübke, Klemens Horst, Melanie Simon, Ali Modabber, Tolga T. Sönmez, Ralf Münker, Sven Nebelung and Matthias Knobe

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:284

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Research shows that medical education is characterized by unequal conditions for women and men, but there is a lack of qualitative studies investigating the social processes that enable and maintain gender ine...

    Authors: Emelie Kristoffersson, Jenny Andersson, Carita Bengs and Katarina Hamberg

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:283

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  21. Content type: Debate

    In terms of the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Medical Collaboration programme, an agreement between the governments of South Africa and Cuba, cohorts of South African students receive their initial five years me...

    Authors: B. M. Donda, R. J. Hift and V. S. Singaram

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:281

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Structured examination routines have been developed as educational resources for musculoskeletal clinical skills teaching, including Gait-Arms-Legs-Spine (GALS), Regional Examination of the Musculoskeletal Sys...

    Authors: Kenneth F Baker, Sharmila Jandial, Ben Thompson, David Walker, Ken Taylor and Helen E Foster

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:277

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Subspecialty fellows can serve as a tremendous educational resource to residents; however, there are multiple barriers to an effective resident-fellow teaching interaction in the setting of inpatient consultat...

    Authors: Shruti Gupta, Jehan Alladina, Kevin Heaton and Eli Miloslavsky

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:276

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  24. Content type: Research article

    The Virtual Interprofessional Patients-Computer-Assisted Reproductive Health Education for Students (VIP-CARES) Project took place during the summers of 2010–2012 for eight weeks each year at the University of...

    Authors: Eric Wong, Jasmine J. Leslie, Judith A. Soon and Wendy V. Norman

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:273

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Mobile learning (m-learning) has becoming very popular in education due to the rapidly advancing technology in our society. The potentials of the mobile applications should be used to enhance the education pro...

    Authors: Carolina Fernández-Lao, Irene Cantarero-Villanueva, Noelia Galiano-Castillo, Elena Caro-Morán, Lourdes Díaz-Rodríguez and Manuel Arroyo-Morales

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:274

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Graduate and post-graduate education for health professionals is increasingly delivered in an e-learning environment, where automated, continuous formative testing with integrated feedback can guide students’ ...

    Authors: Karen Luetsch and Judith Burrows

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:267

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  27. Content type: Debate

    Clinicians often encounter patients having complex clinical scenarios (CCS) where diverse and dynamic diagnostic and therapeutic issues interact. A limited range of bedside methods are available to describe su...

    Authors: Saroj Jayasinghe

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:264

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  28. Content type: Research article

    To analyse the effect of real-time kinematic feedback (KRTF) when learning two ankle joint mobilisation techniques comparing the results with the traditional teaching method.

    Authors: Manuel González-Sánchez, Maria Ruiz-Muñoz, Ana Belén Ávila-Bolívar and Antonio I. Cuesta-Vargas

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:261

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Failure to adhere to standard item-writing guidelines may render examination questions easier or more difficult than intended. Item complexity describes the cognitive skill level required to obtain a correct a...

    Authors: Bonnie R. Rush, David C. Rankin and Brad J. White

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:250

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  30. Content type: Research article

    NIATx200, a quality improvement collaborative, involved 201 substance abuse clinics. Each clinic was randomized to one of four implementation strategies: (a) interest circle calls, (b) learning sessions, (c) c...

    Authors: James H. Ford II, James M. Robinson and Meg E. Wise

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:252

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Distributing a fixed amount of teaching hours over a longer time period (spaced approach) may result in better learning than delivering the same amount of teaching within a shorter time (massed approach). Whil...

    Authors: Jan Breckwoldt, Jan R. Ludwig, Joachim Plener, Torsten Schröder, Hans Gruber and Harm Peters

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:249

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Gibbs and Coffey (2004) have reported that teaching practices are influenced by teachers’ conceptions of learning and teaching. In our previous research we found significant differences between teachers’ conce...

    Authors: Johanna C. G. Jacobs, Scheltus J. van Luijk, Cees P. M. van der Vleuten, Rashmi A. Kusurkar, Gerda Croiset and Fedde Scheele

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:244

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Scientific framework is important in designing curricula and evaluating students in the field of education and clinical practice. The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of non-traditional e...

    Authors: JuHee Lee, Yoonju Lee, SaeLom Gong, Juyeon Bae and Moonki Choi

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:240

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  34. Content type: Research article

    The majority of reporting guidelines assist researchers to report consistent information concerning study design, however, they contain limited information for describing study interventions. Using a three-stage ...

    Authors: Anna C. Phillips, Lucy K. Lewis, Maureen P. McEvoy, James Galipeau, Paul Glasziou, David Moher, Julie K. Tilson and Marie T. Williams

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:237

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Knowledge and skill expected of healthcare providers continues to increase alongside developments in medicine and healthcare. Problem-based learning (PBL) is therefore increasingly necessary in training course...

    Authors: Takayoshi Terashita, Naomi Tamura, Kengo Kisa, Hidenobu Kawabata and Katsuhiko Ogasawara

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:236

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Genetic diseases represent a significant public health challenge in China that will need to be addressed by a correspondingly large number of professional genetic counselors. However, neither an official train...

    Authors: Xiao-feng Xu, Yan Wang, Yan-yan Wang, Ming Song, Wen-gang Xiao and Yun Bai

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:235

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  37. Content type: Research article

    To facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and to make connections between patients’ diseases and their social/cultural contexts, the study examined whether the use of heterogeneous cluster grouping in refl...

    Authors: Hung-Chang Liao and Ya-huei Wang

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:234

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  38. Content type: Research article

    An approach to improve management of student clinical placements, the Building Teams for Quality Learning project, was trialed in three different health services. In a previous paper the authors explored in so...

    Authors: Maree O’Keefe, Victoria Wade, Sue McAllister, Ieva Stupans and Teresa Burgess

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:219

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Misconceptions are ideas that are inconsistent with current scientific views. They are difficult to detect and refractory to change. Misconceptions can negatively influence how new concepts in science are lear...

    Authors: Marleen Olde Bekkink, A. R. T. Rogier Donders, Jan G. Kooloos, Rob M. W. de Waal and Dirk J. Ruiter

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:221

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Collaboration is of increasing importance in medical education and medical practice. Students’ and tutors’ perceptions about small group learning are valuable to inform the development of strategies to promote...

    Authors: Maha Iqbal, Gary M. Velan, Anthony J. O’Sullivan and Chinthaka Balasooriya

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:217

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Practical experience with clinical cases has played an important role in supporting the learning of clinical reasoning. However, learning through practical experience involves complex processes difficult to be...

    Authors: Bian Wu, Minhong Wang, Tina A. Grotzer, Jun Liu and Janice M. Johnson

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:216

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  42. Content type: Research article

    This paper presents the results of a study of the Monsys monitoring system, an educational support tool designed to prevent and control the dropout rate in a distance learning course in family health. Develope...

    Authors: Deborah de Castro e Lima Baesse, Alexandra Monteiro Grisolia and Ana Emilia Figueiredo de Oliveira

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:213

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Learning plans are a compulsory component of the training and assessment requirements of general practice (GP) registrars in Australia. There is a small but growing number of studies reporting that learning pl...

    Authors: Belinda Garth, Catherine Kirby, Peter Silberberg and James Brown

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:211

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2017 Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact
    1.511 - 2-year Impact Factor
    1.938 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.169 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    0.765 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)


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