The aim of this prospective randomised trial was to assess the impact of the team-based learning approach on basic musculoskeletal ultrasound skills in comparison to both peer-assisted and conventional teaching and to examine the influence of gender and learning style on learning outcomes.
In this prospective randomised trial, we randomly assigned 88 students to 3 groups: team-based learning (n = 19), peer-assisted learning (n = 36) and conventional teaching (n = 33). Pre-existing knowledge was assessed using a multiple-choice (MC) exam. Student performance after completing the course was measured using an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and a second MC exam. Students were asked to complete Kolb’s Learning Style Inventory and to evaluate the course.
There was a significant gain in theoretical knowledge for all students (p < 0.001). The team-based learning groups’ performance proved to be significantly superior on the OSCE (p = 0.001). As gender had no significant effect on practical or theoretical performance, learning style was linked to differences in the practical outcome. An evaluation showed overall satisfaction with the course and with the respective teaching methods.
Team-based learning proved to be superior to peer-assisted and conventional teaching of musculoskeletal ultrasound skills.
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The authors thank all the students who participated—without their enthusiasm and willingness, this study would not have been possible. The manuscript was proofread by Scribendi Inc., 405 Riverview Drive, Suite 304, Chatham ON, Canada.
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Institutional Review Board approval was granted before initiation of this study, and strict confidentiality guidelines were followed (Local Ethics Committee Reference Number EK 178/09).
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Cremerius, C., Gradl-Dietsch, G., Beeres, F.J.P. et al. Team-based learning for teaching musculoskeletal ultrasound skills: a prospective randomised trial. Eur J Trauma Emerg Surg (2020) doi:10.1007/s00068-019-01298-9
- Team-based learning
- Peer teaching
- Medical education
- Objective structured clinical examination