1041. Electronic cases: do they have a role in basic science courses in medical school?
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Education and Training in Infectious Diseases
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Room: Poster Hall B1
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  • Background: Given the rapid pace of medical education in the basic science years, we asked whether Einstein students in our second year Microbiology and Infectious Diseases course would benefit from electronic cases designed to supplement material presented in lecture.

    Methods: Over three years (2009-2011), we assigned electronic clinical cases to students in our course. The Einstein Microbiology and Infectious Diseases course is comprised by 42 one hour lectures, 8 two hour wet laboratories, and 6 two hour small group case conferences. The supplemental electronic cases covered critical conditions in Infectious Diseases (eg. meningitis) and management processes (eg. use of antibiotics).  Cases were uploaded to our Department of Education website and electronically assigned to students. We refined our electronic case approach according to student comments generated through open ended questions at the end of each case.

    Results: The percent of students answering all questions in the cases ranged from 75-98%, and >88% of participants reported that the cases were educationally worthwhile. However, the students asked for and were most satisfied by 1) cases that provided questions in multiple choice, single best answer format rather than open ended questions and 2) immediate answer feedback for each question rather than working through a case followed by a review. The most common complaint (85 of 180 students in 2011) was that there were not more electronic cases. The cases also allowed for the delivery of uniform content for the entire class, which has not been achievable in the more fluid setting of live small group sessions.

    Conclusion: In conclusion, we found that electronic cases facilitated a deeper understanding of difficult clinical processes (such as antibiotic management) and enhanced student satisfaction in their Microbiology and Infectious Diseases learning experience. Electronic cases are a useful teaching tool that can be easily incorporated into a basic science curriculum.

    Subject Category: J. Clinical practice issues

    Joshua Nosanchuk, MD, FIDSA, FACP, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY and Liise-anne Pirofski, MD, FIDSA, Division of Infectious Diseases, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY


    J. Nosanchuk, None

    L. A. Pirofski, None

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