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ERIC Number: EJ837874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1960
The Impact of Curricular Changes on the Geriatrics Knowledge, Attitudes and Skills of Medical Students
Nagoshi, Michael H.; Tanabe, Marianne K. G.; Sakai, Damon H.; Masaki, Kamal H.; Kasuya, Richard T.; Blanchette, Patricia L.
Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, v28 n3 p47-58 Jan 2008
We redesigned our medical school's Problem-Based Learning (PBL) curriculum to include a substantial increase in required geriatrics content. Innovations included new PBL health care problems and standardized patients (SPs) throughout the first three years and a new required four-week, fourth-year rotation. We used data from the AAMC Medical School Graduation Questionnaire, the UCLA Geriatrics Knowledge Test and Attitudes Survey and a Geriatrics SP Examination to measure self-efficacy, geriatrics specific knowledge, attitudes and clinical skills before and after these curricular changes. Positive effects on students' self-efficacy, knowledge and skills were demonstrated. Scores on the attitude scale were high before and after implementation. The demonstration of improved educational outcomes will help to validate our curricular changes and guide their future development. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Attitude Scale