Catalina M. Kersten, MD University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri
Background: Ensuring an optimal learning environment for students to meet clerkship specific goals and objectives has become even more important with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) ED2 requirement.
Objective: To develop a Web-based tool to document and track patient encounters throughout the clinical clerkships.
Methods: All clinical clerkships participated in development of a unified Web-based tool for students to document patient encounters. Each clerkship created three categories of entries (Symptom, Skill and Special Domain) for patient encounters. This allowed for a high level of consistency but still provided enough flexibility. Progress in achieving the clerkship requirements can be checked by students and clerkship directors and feedback provided as needed. Multiple levels of data analysis can be performed.
Results: Results from 6 months of data will be available at the time of the presentation as well as demonstration of our demo-site.
Conclusions: Collaboration between the clinical clerkships has resulted in development of a highly successful Web-based tool to monitor student's progress and has allowed us to make individual adjustments as needed to meet clerkship requirements. We can now track progress across clerkships and compare educational experiences at different learning sites as well as seasonal influences.