Research Article| Volume 2, ISSUE 6, P455-461, 1985

A student emergency medicine clerkship that uses new information technologies

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      The effective teaching of clinical emergency medicine to medical students requires efficiency in the management of both student and faculty time. Presented is a course outline that makes use of the following elements to structure and augment clinical time in the emergency department (ED):
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        1. Videotape to present a 19.7-hour series of faculty-produced lectures covering a “core” emergency medicine curriculum.
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        2. A microcomputer to facilitate staggered scheduling of clinical time.
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        3. A microcomputer test generation program that permits a secretary to formulate, administer, and grade a different final exam with each rotation.
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        4. Computer-assisted recordkeeping for faculty evaluation of a student's clinical performance.
      Once established, this program can be administered with fewer than five faculty hours per month assisted by a part-time (25% full-time equivalent) clerical coordinator. The total cost for the instructional program is $86.37 per student using the new technologies, and $144.15 per student when presenting the same program using traditional teaching techniques. The use of new technologies in student teaching will therefore result in significant savings.


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