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ERIC Number: EJ807164
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0894-1912
Team- and Case-Based Learning to Activate Participants and Enhance Knowledge: An Evaluation of Seminars in Germany
Kuhne-Eversmann, Lisa; Eversmann, Thomas; Fischer, Martin R.
Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, v28 n3 p165-171 Sum 2008
Introduction: There is a strong need for high-quality continuing medical education (CME) in Germany. To maintain a medical license, physicians are required to participate in regular training. Although evidence suggests that compared to lectures interactive methods can impart sustainable knowledge and a high degree of satisfaction, few interactive CME courses are offered. Methods: We designed an interactive, team-based CME concept and launched it in a series of seminars on internal medicine. The group work was designed using team-based learning. Pre- and postcourse knowledge tests with an electronic voting system and paper questionnaires (Likert scale 1-6) were used to evaluate knowledge, motivation, and expectations of the participants (n = 159). Results: Participants rated the interactivity and team-based discussion (mean: 4.57, SD: 1.41) of the CME seminars as highly important reasons to participate and stated that the CME course was very instructional (mean: 5.16, SD: 0.84) and the case discussions enhanced their learning (mean: 5.46, SD: 0.75). The majority of participants stated that their expectations were met. The participants enhanced their outcome from a mean of 47.2% right answers prior to the course to 70.3% in the postcourse test ( p less than 0.001). Discussion: An interactive, case-based design of a CME course following the team-based learning concept leads to a significant gain in the participants' knowledge with an identified preknowledge level. Participants' expectations seemed fulfilled by a CME course design, which combines small group discussions in the lecture hall with didactic lectures and intensive discussion. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany