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Hawaii Med J. 2011 Aug;70(8):172-5.

Student-written simulation scenarios: a novel cognitive assessment method in a trauma curriculum.

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  • 1University of Hawai'i, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu, USA. steine@hawaii.edu

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Global cognitive and psychomotor assessment in simulation based curricula is complex. We describe assessment of novices' cognitive skills in a trauma curriculum using a simulation aligned facilitated discovery method.

METHODS:

Third-year medical students in a surgery clerkship completed two student-written simulation scenarios (SWSS) as an assessment method in a trauma curriculum employing high fidelity human patient simulators (manikins). SWSS consisted of written physiologic parameters, intervention responses, a performance evaluation form, and a critical interventions checklist.

RESULTS:

Seventy-one students participated. SWSS scores were compared to multiple choice test (MCQ), checklist-graded solo performance in a trauma scenario (STS), and clerkship summative evaluation grades. The SWSS appeared to be slightly better than STS in discriminating between Honors and non-Honors students, although the mean scores of Honors and non-Honors students on SWSS, STS, or MCQ were not significantly different. SWSS exhibited good equivalent form reliability (r=0.88), and higher interrater reliability versus STS (r=0.93 vs r=0.79).

CONCLUSION:

SWSS is a promising assessment method for simulation based curricula.

PMID:
21886310
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PMCID:
PMC3158380
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