ERIC Number: ED124086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
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Studies of Medical Students' Activities on Core Surgical Clerkships: A Preliminary Report.
Kennedy, W. Robert; Wile, Marcia Z.
The core surgical clerkship is described as the most intensive clinical experience during the student's first three years, and one which is extremely difficult to examine systematically. The research strategy, methodologies, data collected, and major findings of a study of such clerkships are reported. The data from more than 1000 hours of observation and self-reports of 77 medical students provided a substantial base of descriptive information about the commonality and diversity of experiences. No judgment as to the quality of the experiences has been undertaken; rather, questions about students' activities have developed that have begun a process of examination to determine if such experiences are consistent or inconsistent with good educational planning. Major concerns are outlined regarding equitable distribution of time, student-patient contact without direct supervision, purposes of conferences, roles and responsibilities of faculty toward the medical clerk, procedures that all students should learn, and instructional possibilities in the operating room. It is concluded that these studies are a beginning of a systematic examination to determine whether learning under the circumstances of the core clerkship can be optimized. (LBH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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