The effectiveness of the structured clinical instruction module

Amy V. Blue, Terry D. Stratton, Margaret Plymale, Lisa T. DeGnore, Richard W. Schwartz, David A. Sloan

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BACKGROUND: The Structured Clinical Instruction Module (SCIM) provides students with a structured educational experience related to clinical skills on a single clinical topic. This study examined the effect of the SCIM on students' performances on breast stations in an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). METHODS: Three student groups each experienced a different type of instruction about breast care and treatment (condition A = lecture; condition B = nine-station SCIM, lecture, and manual; and condition C = five-station SCIM). All students subsequently participated in a surgery OSCE that included standardized patient stations on taking a breast history and performing breast examinations. RESULTS: One-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) tests consistently found that the mean scores of students in conditions B and C were significantly (P <0.05) higher than those of students in condition A. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that the SCIM is an effective patient-based standardized instructional program that enhances the instruction of clinical skills to students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-70
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1998

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Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by NIH Grant CA 66841.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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