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Authors Lindeman BM, Law JK, Lipsett PA, Arbella T, Stem M, Lidor AO
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Journal Am. J. Surg. Volume: 209 Issue: 1 Pages: 145-51
Publish Date 2015 Jan
PubMed ID 25466767

A “lectures plus clinical experiences” curriculum for surgical clerkships has significant faculty demand. A less faculty-intense blended online curriculum (BOC) could provide similar/improved academic performance compared with traditional curricula (TCs).Following an initial pilot study, students in the surgery clerkship at Johns Hopkins during 2013 to 2014 experienced a BOC (n = 129). Students the preceding year (2012 to 2013) experienced the TC (n = 108). Performance and satisfaction were compared between groups using clinical evaluations, National Board of Medical Examiners examination scores, and clerkship evaluations.No significant differences in academic performance between BOC and TC students were observed on National Board of Medical Examiners examination or clinical evaluation scores. After multivariable adjustment, student year was the only significant predictor of student performance. Clerkship teaching ratings were higher for BOC students than TC students (4.25/5 vs 3.98/5, P = .03).BOC incorporation in the basic surgery clerkship resulted in noninferior academic outcomes and significantly improved student satisfaction. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System