The structured clinical instruction module: A novel strategy for improving the instruction of clinical skills

David A. Sloan, Michael B. Donnelly, Thomas N. Zweng, Arthur Lieber, George Yu, Charles Griffith, Richard W. Schwartz, W. E. Strodel

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We have previously shown that both medical students and residents demonstrate numerous important deficits when evaluating patients with abdominal complaints. To address these deficits, we implemented a pilot instructional program derived from the Objective Structured Clinical Examination. Fifty third-year medical students were presented with a 1-hr Structured Clinical Instruction Module (SCIM) of five stations, each station addressing a different aspect of the surgical evaluation of the abdomen. Simulated patients were present at two of the stations. Faculty from appropriate disciplines were present at the stations to provide standardized instruction according to predetermined curricular objectives. The medical students evaluated the SCIM for its specific characteristics, and they evaluated each of the five stations for its efficacy in increasing their clinical skills. All the specific aspects of the SCIM were given a rating significantly higher than neutral (P < 0.0001). Students agreed most strongly that the faculty were well prepared for the SCIM and that the faculty were enthusiastic. All of the SCIM stations were given a rating significantly higher than average (P < 0.0001). When compared to a conventional workshop, the SCIM scored significantly higher on all three common evaluation items. The SCIM was very well received by medical students as a format for clinical instruction. This unique modification of the Objective Structured Clinical Examination has potential for teaching important clinical skills that are not consistently mastered within current surgical curricula.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605-610
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Surgical Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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