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Well Structured Clinical Skills Training Enhances Competencies in Undergraduate Medical Education

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2012.0184-0191

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Erika Baum, Stefan Bösner, Tina Stibane, Andrea Schönbauer, Andreas Jerrentrup, Thomas Pressel

Keywords: Medical Education Clinical Competence Clinical Skills Training OSCE

Background: The lack of practical competencies acquired in the undergraduate medical curriculum led to a systematic reform of the clinical skills training course at the Philipps-University Medical School in Marburg. We wanted to know whether there were effects on students’ proficiency after the introduction of clinical skills training.

Methods: Between January 2010 and February 2011 medical students were tested in an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). One group (N=226) composed of students of the first clinical year was tested directly after completion of the reformed training course. The comparison group (N=76) was composed of 3rd clinical year students who had received standard training and were tested directly at the end of their elective in family medicine. We calculated means and standard deviations of test results.

Results: Students with the reformed training achieved better results (83,5%) than those with the traditional course (65,2%).

Conclusion: The new clinical skills training leads to better practical skills compared to the traditional teaching and compared to unstructured ‘learning by doing’ in clinical electives.


(State: 24.04.2012)

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