|Authors||Slaughenhoupt BL, Lester RA, Rowe JM, Wollack JA|
|Journal||J. Urol. Volume: 186 Issue: 4 Pages: 1417-21|
|Publish Date||2011 Oct|
Until recently, medical students at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health participated in a traditional 2-week urology clerkship. We hypothesized that a new curriculum with core learning objectives and student oriented didactic sessions would increase learning and satisfaction compared to a traditional clerkship.Between July 2008 and June 2009, 55 medical students completed the urology clerkship following the traditional curriculum. Between July 2009 and June 2010, 51 students followed the core learning objectives curriculum. We compared the curriculum outcomes using objective and subjective measures. Overall student participation was 90%, with 95 of 106 students completing both assessment tools.The objective scores of the students following the core learning objectives were higher than those of the students following the traditional curriculum. The t test to evaluate the difference between the 2 curricula was statistically significant (t = 2.845, df = 93, p <0.05). Subjective scores for the core learning objectives group were lower in all but 1 category. Student perception of knowledge attainment for the core learning objectives cohort was higher than that of the traditional cohort, but none of the subjective scores was statistically significant.This study demonstrated that a core learning objectives curriculum was associated with higher objective test scores compared to a traditional model, suggesting that the core learning objectives curriculum increased student learning compared to the traditional curriculum. However, the core learning objectives cohort did not show greater satisfaction than students following the traditional curriculum.