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Simulation and Cadaver Workshop for Medical Students

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03050281
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 10, 2017
Last Update Posted : October 22, 2019
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Brian Shapiro, Mayo Clinic

Brief Summary:

Background: The use of simulation and cadaveric laboratory training are highly beneficial for faculty and advanced trainees, but its usefulness for third-year medical students rotating through OB-GYN or general surgery is unknown.

Objective: To determine if a two-day intensive, cost-effective review of procedural skills and anatomy using the simulation laboratory and cadaver-based dissection improves performance of third-year medical students on the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Shelf and USMLE Step 2 board examination and during pre- and post-test demonstrations.

Significance: If proven effective, implementation of a short, inexpensive, and comprehensive course highlighting anatomical and procedural skills during the third year of medical school could be implemented.

Design Methods: The investigators will conduct a 1:1 randomization of third-year medical students rotating at all Mayo sites (Jacksonville, Rochester, and Scottsdale). The students will either participate in traditional education (N=20) as is currently taking place or traditional education plus cadaver-based/simulation-based learning (N=20). Third-year medical students rotating in OB-GYN or surgery will be eligible to enroll.

Anticipated Outcomes: Knowledge-based examination results as well as performance outcomes will be improved and procedural skills and overall satisfaction will be increased.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Educational Problems Other: Simulation/Cadaver lab Other: Lectures Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 60 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Utility, Feasibility, and Cost-effectiveness of Using a Combined Cadaver and Simulation Laboratory Experience During the OB-GYN and Surgical Medical School Clerkships
Study Start Date : April 2016
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 31, 2019
Actual Study Completion Date : July 31, 2019

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Simulation/Cadaver Workshop
2-day workshop using the Simulation/Cadaver Lab
Other: Simulation/Cadaver lab
The primary focus of this study is to determine whether the use of a comprehensive, combined, and simplified approach of using cadavers and simulation laboratories to train third-year medical students will have a beneficial effect on student performance in the OB-GYN and surgical clerkships.

Placebo Comparator: Didactic Workshop
Other: Lectures
Standard Anatomy lectures were offered.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Mean shelf exam scores [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    A "shelf" exam is an exam that some medical schools purchase from the NBME that test materials presented in the third-year clerkships. For this study the rotation scores examined were for obstetrics and gynecology, and surgery.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Mean grade on rotation evaluation [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    The rotation evaluation is a subjective grade by the course professor.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All medical students in 2nd year

Exclusion Criteria:

  • None

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03050281

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United States, Minnesota
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota, United States, 55905
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mayo Clinic
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Principal Investigator: Brian P Shapiro, MD Mayo Clinic
Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Brian Shapiro, PI, Mayo Clinic Identifier: NCT03050281    
Other Study ID Numbers: 16-003385
First Posted: February 10, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 22, 2019
Last Verified: October 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Pathologic Processes