, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 209-214
Date: 09 Jan 2014

Creation of a Web-Based Lecture Series for Psychiatry Clerkship Students: Initial Findings

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Objective: In recent years, the trend in medical education has been to utilize clerkship settings outside the medical school. Subsequently, students rotate at distant sites from the main campus and have lectures of varying quantity and quality. The objective of the present study was to standardize the core didactic experience for students in the Psychiatry clerkship by using web-based lectures and to assess student satisfaction with such lectures. Methods: Students completed a brief satisfaction questionnaire after viewing both web-based and live lectures. Results: Students rated both web-based and live lectures positively, although overall satisfaction ratings were higher for live lectures. Shelf-exam scores improved for the current year, suggesting that learning was not negatively affected by the use of web-based lectures. Conclusions: Web-based lectures appear to be a feasible and satisfactory way to ensure didactic comparability across clinical sites.

The authors thank Dr. Richard Malone, Dr. Paul Ambrosini, and Dr. Susan McLeer for reading this paper and making suggestions.