“ENT teaching for medical students: Simulation based teaching vs lecture based teaching”
Sanjana Bhalla, Issa Beegun, Vikas Acharya, James Arwynn- Jones, Zaid Awad, Neil Tolley
To determine whether simulation teaching had a role for educating medical students as currently there is minimal exposure to ENT within the medical school curriculum in the UK (average rotation between 7-13 days (1)).
We provided simulation and lecture based teaching for common ENT presentations to different groups of medical students from Imperial College London. With simulation based teaching, we provided practical experience on induction models whereas with lecture based teaching, it was purely didactic teaching using the same content. We compared retention of their knowledge using a standardised written assessment one month after the session.
Simulation teaching was shown to be associated with higher retention of knowledge, increased confidence and reduced anxiety when compared to lecture based teaching.
Therefore simulation training for ENT should be incorporated into the medical student curriculum to enhance the student learning experience.
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Reference 1. Carr ER, Jones M, Pankhania M, Ali K, Pau H. An Audit of Student Satisfaction with Under Graduate ENT Surgery Teaching. The Bulletin of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. 2013 Apr 1;95(4):1-3
– to recognise different teaching methods currently in use across the UK to teach ENT to medical students
– to understand the role of simulation based teaching in surgical training
– to help trainers consider incorporating simulation based teaching into their own practice
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