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Medical students’ perceptions of using e-learning to enhance the acquisition of consulting skills

Author(s): Warnecke E | Pearson S

Journal: Australasian Medical Journal
ISSN 1836-1935

Volume: 4;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 300;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Blended learning | e-learning | medical | consulting skills

BackgroundThis study aims to evaluate medical students’ perception ofthe usefulness and effectiveness of an e-learning packagedeveloped to enhance the acquisition of consulting skills.MethodA survey with mixed method data analysis was conducted.Participants were 67 medical students completing theirthird year primary care rotation as part of a five-year degreeat the University of Tasmania. Participants completed a 10question anonymous online survey after using the elearningpackageResultsOf the participants, 92% found it enjoyable and 95% foundthe e-learning package useful; 75% perceived it to beeffective in increasing their performance and 91% believedit increased their knowledge in consulting skills. Benefits forparticipants’ confidence, style and structure of consultingskills were found.ConclusionParticipants found the e-learning package to be enjoyableand effective. E-learning should be further utilised in ablended learning environment to support face-to-faceteaching in consulting skills.
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