Trial record 7 of 1262 for:    gynecology

China Obstetrics and Gynecology Journal Club (COG-JOCS)

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
First Affiliated Hospital of Heilongjiang Chinese Medicine University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Richard S. Legro, M.D., Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01844609
First received: April 29, 2013
Last updated: October 24, 2013
Last verified: October 2013
  Purpose

The purpose of this study is to determine if an intensive journal club based on articles and materials provided on the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology Website improves written and spoken comprehension of medical English in a population of Chinese medical professionals.


Condition Intervention
Language Disorders
Behavioral: Self Study Journal Club
Behavioral: Intensive Journal Club

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: An English Language Obstetrics and Gynecology Journal Club to Improve Medical English in China: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Further study details as provided by Milton S. Hershey Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in score from baseline on a 30 question multiple choice exam (questions and answers will be read to the participants) based on APGO-CREOGH shelf exams. [ Time Frame: Baseline to 8 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in score from baseline on a written (short answer) exam and on an oral exam. [ Time Frame: Baseline to 8 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: May 2013
Study Completion Date: July 2013
Primary Completion Date: July 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Self Study Journal Club
25 Chinese Medical Professionals that will be participating in Self Study Journal Club Meetings three times a week for one hour for 8 weeks with interactive questions and answers and discussion of the journal articles.
Behavioral: Self Study Journal Club
This Self Study Journal Club will read articles and prepare written answers to the study questions on their own time. The participants will read 24 articles; 12 gynecology and 12 obstetrics, based on monthly journal clubs available online at the Obstetrics and Gynecology website. The first and last article will serve as a basis for the oral and written exam in which they will be tested on comprehension, verbal and written Medical English.
Experimental: Intensive Journal Club
25 Chinese Medical Professionals that will be participating Face to Face Journal Club Meetings three times a week for one hour for 8 weeks along with a native English speaking mentor.
Behavioral: Intensive Journal Club
This Intensive Journal Club will read articles and prepare written answers to the study questions along with a fluent English speaker. The participants will read 24 articles; 12 gynecology and 12 obstetrics, based on monthly journal clubs available online at the Obstetrics and Gynecology website. Participants will prepare oral presentations of the studies and answers to the study questions. They will have interactive sessions with this fluent English speaking monitor 3 times a week, one hour sessions for 8 weeks. The first and last article will serve as a basis for the oral and written exam in which they will be tested on comprehension, verbal and written Medical English.

Detailed Description:

This will be a randomized educational trial of an intensive journal club compared to a self study journal club (1:1 randomization). Randomization will take place after baseline.

The population will consist of 50 medical professionals at Heilongjiang University in Harbin China, who agree to participate in an 8 week educational intervention.

This study will assess the impact of applying English for Specific Purposes(ESP) pedagogy to foreign medical education and specifically evaluate learning in the field of obstetrics and gynecology(Ob-Gyn). ESP is a subdivision of a wider field, Language for Specific Purposes(LSP), defined as the area of inquiry and practice in the development of language programs for people who need a language to meet a predictable range of communicative needs. ESP emphasizes teaching language in context and designs a curriculum around the results of a needs assessment, to more accurately determine which language skills are of priority: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Part of the theory behind ESP suggests that being able to use the vocabulary and structures that students learn in a meaningful context reinforces what is taught and increases motivation. Further, findings from a study by Okamura (2006) that examined how learners succeed in mastering scientific discourse in English showed that they focused on reading academic texts in their field to learn typical writing patterns. This is as opposed to junior learners who focused on mastering the English language by reading English texts written by authors from a breadth of fields. This application of ESP thus reflects how content-specific source articles could serve as rhetorical models and suggests that source articles are able to mediate scholarly writing and learning within the zone of proximal developmental; that is, learners are simultaneously gaining new content knowledge while increasing their skill base.

The proposed intervention is to design an ESP curriculum for medical professionals, specifically Ob-Gyn physicians and researchers at a Chinese Medical University, based on the journal club format and source articles. The study will quantitatively assess the impact of this model on student's ESP language comprehension as well as determine the necessity of the traditional "facilitator" role for a journal club whose purpose is to foster language literacy in non-English speaking universities.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Chinese medical professional

Exclusion Criteria:

  • English speaking fluency
  • Non-Chinese speaking medical professional
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01844609

Locations
United States, Pennsylvania
Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States, 17033-0850
China
First Affiliated Hospital Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine
Harbin, China
Sponsors and Collaborators
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
First Affiliated Hospital of Heilongjiang Chinese Medicine University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Richard S Legro, M.D. Penn State Hershey Medical Center
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Richard S. Legro, M.D., Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Public Health Sciences, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01844609     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 42338
Study First Received: April 29, 2013
Last Updated: October 24, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Milton S. Hershey Medical Center:
Comprehension
Verbal Learning
Writing
Testing

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Language Disorders
Communication Disorders
Neurobehavioral Manifestations
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on April 17, 2014