Master's Culminating Experience
Objective: In order to better prepare physicians to face the challenges in health care delivery today, educators have pushed for the integration of core population health competencies into undergraduate medical education. The goal is to equip future physicians with the necessary skills to not only improve the health of an individual, but also be able to advocate for a community and meet the health needs of a population. The purpose of this research study is to propose a plan to evaluate the pilot program Early Meaningful Clinical Experience (EMCE) at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University.
Methods: The program is comprised of clinical experience coupled with case-based education which emphasizes both self-directed and problem-based learning. Paired students participated in clinical experiences weekly at their assigned preceptor sites. Faculty members were responsible for drafting and formulating case-studies. Student-led discussions were held each month, giving members a chance to share what they have learned.
Proposed Program Evaluation & Student Assessment: Initial evaluations were conducted through surveys. Short-term evaluations also include questionnaires, student reflections, and a pre/post survey. Long-term evaluations may include Step 1, Step 2, and OSCE scores. Limitations: The study limitations included a small sample size with n=18. In addition, the students were selected from a group of highly motivated individuals which lends to selection bias. Finally, potential confounding factors exists which make it impossible to infer a causal relationship between participants and standardized test scores.
Vu, T. N., & Mensah-Dapaah, J. (2014). Integration of Early Clinical Experience and Population Health in Undergraduate Medical Education. Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.