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Authors: Weimer, Johannes Matthias
Widmer, Nina
Strelow, Kai-Uwe
Hopf, Paula
Buggenhagen, Holger
Dirks, Klaus
Künzel, Julian
Börner, Norbert
Weimer, Andreas Michael
Lorenz, Liv Annebritt
Rink, Maximilian
Bellhäuser, Henrik
Schiestl, Lina Judit
Kloeckner, Roman
Müller, Lukas
Weinmann-Menke, Julia
Title: Long-term effectiveness and sustainability of integrating peer-assisted ultrasound courses into medical school : a prospective study
Online publication date: 13-Feb-2024
Year of first publication: 2023
Language: english
Abstract: Introduction: Ultrasound diagnostics is an important examination method in everyday clinical practice, but student education is often inadequate for acquiring sufficient basic skills. Individual universities have therefore started integrating (extra)curricular training concepts into medical education. This study aimed to evaluate sustainable skills development through participation in peer-assisted ultrasound courses. Methods: From 2017, students in the clinical part of medical school could opt for extracurricular peer-assisted ultrasound courses. Depending on the format (10-week course/2-day compact course) these comprised 20 teaching units focusing on abdominal and emergency ultrasonography. Students attending compulsory workshops at the start of their practical year were enrolled in this study, allowing for a comparison between the study group (attended ultrasound course) and the control group (did not attend ultrasound course). Competency from two out of four practical exams (subjects: “aorta”, “gallbladder”, “kidney” and “lung”) was measured, and a theory test on the same subject areas (“pathology recognition”) was administered. Additional questions concerned biographical data, subjective competency assessment (7-point Likert scale), and “attitude to ultrasound training in the curriculum”. Results: Analysis included 302 participants in total. Ultrasound courses had been attended on average 2.5 years earlier (10-week course) and 12 months earlier (2-day compact course), respectively. The study group (n = 141) achieved significantly better results than the control group (n = 161) in the long-term follow-up. This applies both to practical exams (p < 0.01) and theory tests (p < 0.01). After course attendance, participants reported a significantly higher subjective assessment of theoretical (p < 0.01) and practical (p < 0.01) ultrasound skills. Conclusions: Peer-assisted ultrasound courses can sustainably increase both theoretical and practical competency of medical students. This highlights the potential and need for standardised implementation of ultrasound courses in the medical education curriculum.
DDC: 610 Medizin
610 Medical sciences
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 04 Medizin
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Document type specification: Scientific article
License: CC BY
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Journal: Tomography
Pages or article number: 1315
Publisher: Grapho Publications
Publisher place: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Issue date: 2023
ISSN: 2379-139X
Publisher DOI: 10.3390/tomography9040104
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