Background: As the size of medical school classes grows, the
challenges of standardizing the educational experience also increase,
particularly when schools must use multiple educational sites to accommodate
large groups of students. Here we describe the development, validation, and
implementation of an online system of interactive Ob/Gyn case studies that help
address this issue. Other clerkships have successfully used this type of
curricula but nothing of this kind is available for Ob/Gyn clerkships.
Methods: A series of 25 online, interactive cases were
developed that included obstetric and gynecologic topics that were linked to
the APGO Medical Student Educational Objectives.
Results: Comparison of National Board of Medical Examiners
(NBME) subject exam scores for the year of implementation to historical data
showed no significant difference in mean score by rotation as well as no
significant difference in first time pass rate. Subjective data was also
captured on student opinions and perceptions regarding contribution to general
Ob/Gyn knowledge and usefulness of cases in exam preparation. A majority of
students felt that the cases enhanced their clerkship experience and were
useful for subject exam preparation (77.5% and 65.3% respectively).
Discussions: The case series is a useful addition to standard
Ob/Gyn clerkship curriculum which increases student exposure to a standardized
set of topics and increases positive perception of the Ob/Gyn clerkship.
Keywords: education, online learning