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Teach Learn Med. 2001 Summer;13(3):148-52.

Promoting collaborative teaching in clinical education.

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Department of Surgery, Northwestern University Medical School, 201 East Huron Street, Galter 10-105, Chicago, IL 60611-3010, USA. jprystowsky@nmff.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Although the practice of medicine is increasingly a multidisciplinary effort, clinical teaching of medical students is accomplished primarily within a departmental structure.

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this study was to identify subject matter within the clinical curriculum that could serve as focus for multidisciplinary teaching.

METHODS:

A questionnaire was sent to 13 clerkship directors (representing required clerkships) at a large Midwestern medical school in which they were asked to rate a list of 631 patient problems as critical (primary), important (secondary), or "nice to know," relevant to their respective clerkship objectives.

RESULTS:

All clerkship directors completed the questionnaire. There were 523 items that were considered primary, and over 90% of these items were listed as either primary or secondary in more than 1 clerkship. Twelve topics were considered primary or secondary by at least 5 clerkship directors. Four clerkship directors identified 43 patient problems, and 3 clerkship directors identified 92 topics as primary or secondary clerkship objectives.

CONCLUSIONS:

In this study, listing of patient problems across clerkships demonstrated significant overlap of the clinical curriculum, suggesting multiple opportunities for faculty collaboration in clinical education.

PMID:
11475657
DOI:
10.1207/S15328015TLM1303_3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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