Teaching Clinical Ophthalmology: Medical Student Feedback on Team Case-Based Versus Lecture Format.
OBJECTIVE: Team-based learning with case presentations in small groups in the medical school education setting allows students to be actively engaged and interactive with their peers to work through real-world clinical scenarios. Our objective is to assess the effects of this curriculum on the medical student experience. DESIGN: This study was designed to gather feedback from medical students on an ophthalmology elective regarding their experience with our newly developed team-based learning curriculum. SETTINGS: Feedback evaluations were completed by medical students at the end of their elective and consisted of both a Likert scare rating and a free-response section. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 30 medical students. RESULTS: Students rated the case-based sessions significantly better than traditional lecture format with respect to the overall learning experience (p = 0.004), enjoyment of learning (p < 0.001), and increasing retention and ability to apply knowledge (p < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: There is a strong preference by medical students for team-based learning within clinical ophthalmology.
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