Standardizing Educational Opportunities on the Complete Pediatric Physical Exam (Head to Toe)

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Joshua Noe, Medical College of Wisconsin
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00711659
First received: July 8, 2008
Last updated: November 25, 2013
Last verified: November 2013
  Purpose

The study proposes that a workshop-based educational experience which utilizes a standardized preceptor training session, a standard skills assessment checklist, and videotaped feedback will improve student comfort and confidence in performing the pediatric physical examination and will provide information to improve the curriculum offerings.


Condition
Pediatric Physical Exam

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Standardizing Educational Opportunities on the Complete Pediatric Physical Exam

Further study details as provided by Medical College of Wisconsin:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To determine if offering a standardized workshop-based education experience for third year medical students will improve student comfort and confidence in performing the pediatric physical exam and provide information to improve curriculum offerings. [ Time Frame: 8 weeks (the length of the clerkship rotation) ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 519
Study Start Date: June 2007
Study Completion Date: February 2013
Primary Completion Date: February 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts
1
all third year medical students starting their pediatric clerkship rotation

Detailed Description:

The baseline clinical experience of third year medical students rotating through the clerkship varies, depending on previous clerkships and volunteer opportunities previously encountered. The less experienced third year medical student may require more time and feedback to develop competency. The availability and experience of clinical preceptors and background of the patient may also play a role in the development of pediatric physical examination skills. Other institutions have offered standardized approaches to teaching the health maintenance physical exam. To address these issues, we propose a workshop-based educational experience to (1)determine whether offering a workshop that standardizes exposure to physical exams for junior medical students will improve opportunities to practice physical exam skills in a non-threatening environment, (2)promote immediate feedback to the student that allows for self-reflection by viewing a videotape of their performance, (3)delineate how physical exam skills change in junior medical students throughout the year, and (4)evaluate the inter-rater variability of preceptors teaching health maintenance exams to students rotating through the pediatric clerkship.

  Eligibility

Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

All third year medical students starting their pediatric clerkship at the Medical College of Wisconsin

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • third year medical students will participate in the physical exam skills workshop as a requirement of their pediatric clerkship; data obtained from review of videotapes of students who consent for data use will be included

Exclusion Criteria:

  • data from students who do not consent to use of data will not be used for analysis
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00711659

Locations
United States, Wisconsin
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, 53226
Sponsors and Collaborators
Medical College of Wisconsin
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Joshua D Noe, MD Medical College of Wisconsin
Study Chair: Paola Palma-Sisto, MD Medical College of Wisconsin
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Joshua Noe, Assistant Professor, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Medical College of Wisconsin
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00711659     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PRO00006933
Study First Received: July 8, 2008
Last Updated: November 25, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Medical College of Wisconsin:
Physical exam
Pediatric clerkship
Medical students

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on April 17, 2014