Making the Neurology Clerkship More Effective: Can E-Textbook Facilitate Learning?


Objective: in 1998, the 4-Week Neurology Elective Clerkship Was Converted into a 2-Week Required Neurology Rotation at the University of Illinois at Chicago. We Hypothesized that the Interactive E-Textbook, a Computer-Assisted Learning Tool, Could Successfully Replace a Paper-Based Syllabus and a Traditional Neurology Textbook during a 2-Week Rotation, While Incorporating Department Teaching Conferences to Replace the Medical Student Lecture Series. Methods: We Created an E-Textbook and Made It Available Simultaneously in a CD-ROM Format and on a Password-Protected Website. the Online Quiz and Course Assessment Were Administered by the Blackboard Web Server. Results: after Implementation of the E-Textbook over 6 Years, the Feedback Shows High Student Satisfaction, and Student Evaluations of the Neurology Clerkship Have Risen. Creation of an E-Textbook for the Neurology Clerkship Made Our Faculty More Productive While Increasing Student Satisfaction and Facilitating Learning Efficacy. Discussion: The Results Show that the E-Textbook is an Appropriate Alternative to Facilitate Learning of Basic and Clinical Neurology during a 2-Week Rotation. the Students Demonstrated Successful Learning in a Computerized Environment. © 2005 W. S. Maney & Son Ltd.



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Distance learning modules; Educational resources; Medical education; Neurology clerkship; Online courses; Student attitudes; Teaching methods

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01 Oct 2005

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