Introduction: Distance education is not yet popular in clinical medicine due to the strongly ingrained belief among medical professionals that face-to-face and bedside teaching is a pre-requisite to learning clinical medicine. Transplantation Science is a challenging subspecialty to teach and we demonstrate how our educational approach can be effective in improving the attainment of the postgraduate students.Methods: This online course was designed in the UK by an international board of academic and clinical expertsand attracted international students (n=28) from 12 countries.The diversity of the student demographics presents inherent challenges mainly due to a fundamental disparitybetween perception and implementation of the knowledge. We employed multi-disciplinary coursework as themain strategy to improve the attainment of these students to overcome these challenges.Results: The significant attainment changes noted by implementing multi-disciplinary coursework-basedpedagogy is exemplified by qualitative and quantitative improvement in performance in the final assessmentmarks when compared to the first assignment (66% ± 3.2 vs 56% ± 5.1, P <0.05). This improvement is reflectedin ‘habitual use’ of critically reflective practice and implementation of evidence-based medicine.Conclusions: Well-designed, multi-disciplinary formative coursework is a valuable tool to develop theattainment of postgraduate sub-specialty trainees perusing a career in clinical medicine.
|The Online Journal of distance education and learning
|Early online date
|31 Jan 2017
|Published - 31 Jan 2017
- online course and distance learning