Outcomes of three different ways to train medical students as ultrasound tutors

Celebi, Nora, Griewatz, Jan, Malek, Nisar Peter, Hoffmann, Tatjana, Walter, Carina, Muller, Reinhold, Riessen, Reimer, Pauluschke-Fröhlich, Jan, Debove, Ines, Zipfel, Stephan, and Fröhlich, Eckhart (2019) Outcomes of three different ways to train medical students as ultrasound tutors. BMC Medical Education, 19. 125.

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Background: In order to provide faculty-wide undergraduate ultrasound training in times of scarce resources, many medical faculties employ trained peer-student tutors to oversee the hands-on training. However, data to guide the training of ultrasound peer-student tutors are scarce. We conducted a prospective quasi-randomized study to assess the gain in theoretical knowledge and practical scanning skills of peer-student tutors who were trained with a course only, an internship only, or the combination of a course and an internship.

Methods: A total of 44 peer-student tutors were trained by a one-week course only (C-Group, n=21), by an internship only (I-Group, n=10) or by a course and an internship (CI-Group, n=13). Prior to and after the completion of the training the peer-student tutors completed an MC-test (theoretical knowledge) and an OSCE (practical scanning skills).

Results: With all three education concepts, the peer-student tutors had significant and comparable gains in theoretical knowledge (C-group +90%, I-group +61.5%, CI-group +114.0%) and practical scanning skills (C-group +112.0%, I-group +155.0% and CI-group +123.5%), all p<0.001.

Conclusion: Peer-student tutors, who were trained with a course or an internship or a course and internship improved their theoretical knowledge and their practical scanning skills significantly and to a comparable degree.

Item ID: 58345
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1472-6920
Keywords: Undergraduate medical education, Ultrasound education, Student instructor education, Ultrasound tutor skill acquisition, Internship, Course
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Funders: University of Tuebingen, Germany
Projects and Grants: Project F.7281048
Date Deposited: 22 May 2019 07:41
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390110 Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy @ 50%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320222 Radiology and organ imaging @ 50%
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