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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

    Sixty percent of the 10.9 million under-5 deaths every year are related to malnutrition. More than two thirds of malnutrition is caused by inappropriate infant feeding practice. Only 35 % of mothers worldwide ...

    Authors: Damayanti Rusli Sjarif, Klara Yuliarti, Luh Karunia Wahyuni, Tjhin Wiguna, Titis Prawitasari, Yoga Devaera, Henni Wahyu Triyuniati and Andika Afriansyah

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:210

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    Smartphones are ubiquitous and commonly used as a learning and information resource. They have potential to revolutionize medical education and medical practice. The iDoc project provides a medical textbook sm...

    Authors: Rebecca Dimond, Alison Bullock, Joseph Lovatt and Mark Stacey

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:207

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Physician empathy is associated with improved diabetes outcomes. However, empathy declines throughout medical school training. This study seeks to describe how comics on diabetes affect learning processes for ...

    Authors: Pamela Tsao and Catherine H. Yu

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:204

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Students may have different learning styles. It is unclear, however, whether tailoring instructional methods for a student’s preferred learning style improves educational outcomes when teaching procedures. The...

    Authors: Dimitrios Papanagnou, Antonio Serrano, Kaitlyn Barkley, Shruti Chandra, Nicholas Governatori, Nicole Piela, Gregory K. Wanner and Richard Shin

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:205

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The use of simulation in medical education is increasing, with students taught and assessed using simulated patients and manikins. Medical students at Queen’s University of Belfast are taught advanced life sup...

    Authors: Andrew D. Spence, Sonia Derbyshire, Ian K. Walsh and James M. Murray

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:203

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Active engagement in education improves learning outcomes. To enhance active participation in seminars, a student-centered course design was implemented and evaluated in terms of self-reported preparation, stu...

    Authors: Rianne A. M. Bouwmeester, Renske A. M. de Kleijn and Harold V. M. van Rijen

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:200

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  7. Content type: Research article

    More and better interprofessional practice is predicated to be necessary to deliver good care to the patients of the future. However, universities struggle to create authentic learning activities that enable s...

    Authors: Christine Jorm, Gillian Nisbet, Chris Roberts, Christopher Gordon, Stacey Gentilcore and Timothy F. Chen

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:199

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Pediatric residents must become proficient with performing a lumbar puncture (LP) during training. Residents have traditionally acquired LP skills by observing the procedure performed by a more senior resident...

    Authors: Hugh J. McMillan, Hilary Writer, Katherine A. Moreau, Kaylee Eady, Erick Sell, Anna-Theresa Lobos, Jenny Grabowski and Asif Doja

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:198

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Belongingness has been argued to be a prerequisite for students’ learning in the clinical setting but making students feel like they belong to the workplace is a challenge. From a sociocultural perspective, wo...

    Authors: Matilda Liljedahl, Erik Björck, Susanne Kalén, Sari Ponzer and Klara Bolander Laksov

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:197

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Blended learning is a combination of online and face-to-face learning and is increasingly of interest for use in undergraduate medical education. It has been used to teach clinical post-graduate students pharm...

    Authors: Caroline E. Morton, Sohag N. Saleh, Susan F. Smith, Ashish Hemani, Akram Ameen, Taylor D. Bennie and Maria Toro-Troconis

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:195

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Elearning is ubiquitous in healthcare professions education. Its equivalence to ‘traditional’ educational delivery methods is well established. There is a research imperative to clarify when and how to use elearn...

    Authors: Helen J. Reid, Clare Thomson and Kieran J. McGlade

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:188

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The majority of schools in the Asia-Pacific region have adopted medical curricula based on western pedagogy. However to date there has been minimal exploration of the influence of the culture of learning on th...

    Authors: Ardi Findyartini, Lesleyanne Hawthorne, Geoff McColl and Neville Chiavaroli

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:185

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Lectures continue to be an efficient and standardised way to deliver information to large groups of students. It has been well documented that students prefer interactive lectures, based on active learning pri...

    Authors: Ciara Luscombe and Julia Montgomery

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:184

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Students’ epistemic beliefs may vary in different domains; therefore, it may be beneficial for medical educators to better understand medical students’ epistemic beliefs regarding medicine. Understanding how m...

    Authors: Yen-Lin Chiu, Jyh-Chong Liang, Cheng-Yen Hou and Chin-Chung Tsai

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:181

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Health professional education programs attract students from around the world and clinical supervisors frequently report that international students find learning in clinical placement contexts particularly ch...

    Authors: Stacie Attrill, Michelle Lincoln and Sue McAllister

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:180

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Junior doctors do not feel well prepared when they start into postgraduate training. High self-efficacy however is linked to better clinical performance and may thus improve patient care. What factors affect s...

    Authors: Fabian Stroben, Therese Schröder, Katja A. Dannenberg, Anke Thomas, Aristomenis Exadaktylos and Wolf E. Hautz

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:177

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Patient safety (PS) is influenced by a set of factors on various levels of the healthcare system. Therefore, a systems-level approach and systems thinking is required to understand and improve PS. The use of e...

    Authors: Rainer Gaupp, Mirjam Körner and Götz Fabry

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:172

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Students are largely providing feedback to one another when instructor facilitates peer feedback rather than teaching in group training. The number of students in a group affect the learning of students in the...

    Authors: Youngsuk Cho, Sangmo Je, Yoo Sang Yoon, Hye Rin Roh, Chulho Chang, Hyunggoo Kang and Taeho Lim

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:167

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Cognitive behavioural (CB) approaches are effective in the management of non-specific low back pain (LBP). We developed the CB Back Skills Training programme (BeST) and previously provided evidence of clinical...

    Authors: Helen Richmond, Amanda M. Hall, Zara Hansen, Esther Williamson, David Davies and Sarah E. Lamb

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:163

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  20. Content type: Technical advance

    Electronic portfolios (ePortfolios) are used to document and support learning activities. E-portfolios with mobile capabilities allow even more flexibility. However, the development or acquisition of ePortfoli...

    Authors: Javier Avila, Kai Sostmann, Jan Breckwoldt and Harm Peters

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:157

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The transition from student to health practitioner at entry-to-practice is complex, requiring critical acquisition of collaborative practice skills. In rural communities where health need is multidimensional, ...

    Authors: Susan (Sue) Pullon, Christine Wilson, Peter Gallagher, Margot Skinner, Eileen McKinlay, Lesley Gray and Patrick McHugh

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:154

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  22. Content type: Research article

    The use of simulation training in postgraduate medical education is an area of rapidly growing popularity and research. This study was designed to assess the impact of simulation training for instrument knowle...

    Authors: David B. Clarke, Nelofar Kureshi, Murray Hong, Maryam Sadeghi and Ryan C. N. D’Arcy

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:153

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Virtual Patients (VPs) have been in the focus of research in healthcare education for many years. The aim of our study was to analyze how virtual patients are described in the healthcare education literature, ...

    Authors: Inga Hege, Andrzej A. Kononowicz, Daniel Tolks, Samuel Edelbring and Katja Kuehlmeyer

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:146

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Evidence is needed to develop effective educational programs for promoting evidence based practice (EBP) and knowledge translation (KT) in physical therapy. This study reports long-term outcomes from a feasibi...

    Authors: Julie K. Tilson, Sharon Mickan, Robbin Howard, Jonathan C. Sum, Maria Zibell, Lyssa Cleary, Bella Mody and Lori A. Michener

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:144

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  25. Content type: Research article

    A new project on education in family medicine training was implemented last year in Slovenia by establishing regional coordinators in the specialist training programme. They are responsible for conducting regu...

    Authors: Davorina Petek, Polona Vidič Hudobivnik, Viktorija Jančar, Bojana Petek and Zalika Klemenc-Ketiš

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:141

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) can be used to educate Foundation Programme trainee (F1 and F2) doctors. Despite the advantages of TEL, learning behaviours may be exhibited that are not desired by system de...

    Authors: Hannah L. Brooks, Sarah K. Pontefract, James Hodson, Nicholas Blackwell, Elizabeth Hughes, John F. Marriott and Jamie J. Coleman

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:133

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Practicing healthcare professionals and graduates exiting training programs are often ill-equipped to facilitate important discussions about end-of-life care with patients and their families. We conducted a sy...

    Authors: Han-Oh Chung, Simon J. W. Oczkowski, Louise Hanvey, Lawrence Mbuagbaw and John J. You

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:131

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Medical schools need to teach future physicians about health literacy and patient-doctor communication, especially when working with vulnerable communities, but many fall short. In this article, we present a c...

    Authors: Emily Milford, Kristin Morrison, Carol Teutsch, Bergen B. Nelson, Ariella Herman, Mernell King and Nathan Beucke

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:121

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Students’ self-regulated learning becomes essential with increased use of exploratory web-based activities such as virtual patients (VPs). The purpose was to investigate the interplay between students’ self-re...

    Authors: Samuel Edelbring and Rolf Wahlström

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:122

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Online information resources function dually as important learning tools and sources of the latest evidence-based recommendations for junior medical officers (JMOs). However, little is currently known about ho...

    Authors: Heng Teck Chong, Michael James Weightman, Peranada Sirichai and Alison Jones

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:120

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  31. Content type: Research article

    A general practice rotation is mandatory in most undergraduate medical education programs. However, little is known about the student-teacher interaction which takes place in this setting. In this study we ana...

    Authors: Gertrude Florence Duncan, Lisa Marie Roth, Nobert Donner-Banzhoff and Stefan Boesner

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:113

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Preparing medical students with the skills necessary to deal with emergency situations as junior doctors can be challenging due to the complexities of creating authentic ‘real life’ experiences in artificial e...

    Authors: Simon Watmough, Helen Box, Nick Bennett, Alison Stewart and Michael Farrell

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:110

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Informal peer learning is a particularly powerful form of learning for medical teachers, although it does not always occur automatically in the departments of medical schools. In this article, the authors expl...

    Authors: Thea van Lankveld, Judith Schoonenboom, Rashmi Kusurkar, Jos Beishuizen, Gerda Croiset and Monique Volman

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:109

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Introducing reflective writing to a medical curriculum requires the acceptance and participation of teachers. The purpose of this study was to explore medical teachers’ views on the benefits of introducing a r...

    Authors: Kanokporn Sukhato, Sutida Sumrithe, Chathaya Wongrathanandha, Saipin Hathirat, Wajana Leelapattana and Alan Dellow

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:102

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Simulation based learning environments are designed to improve the quality of medical education by allowing students to interact with patients, diagnostic laboratory procedures, and patient data in a virtual e...

    Authors: Guido Makransky, Mads T. Bonde, Julie S. G. Wulff, Jakob Wandall, Michelle Hood, Peter A. Creed, Iben Bache, Asli Silahtaroglu and Anne Nørremølle

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:98

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The use of cadavers in human anatomy teaching requires adequate number of anatomy instructors who can provide close supervision of the students. Most medical schools are facing challenges of lack of trained in...

    Authors: Mange Manyama, Renae Stafford, Erick Mazyala, Anthony Lukanima, Ndulu Magele, Benson R. Kidenya, Emmanuel Kimwaga, Sifael Msuya and Julius Kauki

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:95

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Increasingly, medical educators are incorporating reflective writing and original creative work into educational practices with the goals of stimulating student self-awareness, appreciation of multiple perspec...

    Authors: Johanna Shapiro, Diane Ortiz, You Ye Ree and Minha Sarwar

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:93

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Adverse events are a significant quality and safety issue in the hospital setting due to their direct impact on patients. Additionally, such events are often handled by junior doctors due to their direct invol...

    Authors: Anna Janssen, Tim Shaw, Lauren Bradbury, Tania Moujaber, Anne Mette Nørrelykke, Jessica A. Zerillo, Ann LaCasce, John Patrick T. Co, Tracy Robinson, Alison Starr and Paul Harnett

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:91

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The purpose of this study was to identify whether psychological stress increased as undergraduate dental students progressed through their studies from first to fifth year. Another objective was to determine i...

    Authors: Suha B. Abu-Ghazaleh, Hawazen N. Sonbol and Lamis D. Rajab

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:90

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The introduction of Stellenbosch University’s Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) model as part of the undergraduate medical curriculum offers a unique and exciting training model to develop generalist doc...

    Authors: Klaus B. von Pressentin, Firdouza Waggie and Hoffie Conradie

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:82

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Peer tutoring has been described as “people from similar social groupings who are not professional teachers helping each other to learn and learning themselves by teaching”. Peer tutoring is well accepted as a...

    Authors: Annette Burgess, Tim Dornan, Antonia J. Clarke, Audrey Menezes and Craig Mellis

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:85

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  42. Content type: Research article

    There has been an increased emphasis on institutional births, and thus an increasing clinical work load for health care professionals in the recent past. Hence, continuing education, training, ongoing supervis...

    Authors: V. Prakash, Anu Thukral, M. Jeeva Sankar, Ramesh K. Agarwal, Vinod K. Paul and Ashok K. Deorari

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:84

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Interprofessional education (IPE) requires health students to learn with, from and about each other in order to develop a modern workforce with client-centred care at its core. Despite the client centred focus...

    Authors: Karen T. Hallam, Karen Livesay, Romana Morda, Jenny Sharples, Andi Jones and Maximilian de Courten

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:80

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Patient-physician communication should be based on plain and simple language. Despite communication skill trainings in undergraduate medical curricula medical students and physicians are often still not aware ...

    Authors: Anja Bittner, Johannes Bittner, Ansgar Jonietz, Christoph Dybowski and Sigrid Harendza

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:72

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  45. Content type: Correspondence

    Clinical placements in acute hospitals present challenges for students with vision impairment who are being educated as health care professionals. Legislation in Australia supports reasonable adjustments to ed...

    Authors: Kylie N. Johnston, Shylie Mackintosh, Matthew Alcock, Amy Conlon-Leard and Stephen Manson

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2016 16:74

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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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