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Teaching screening ophthalmic clinical skills to medical students.

Authors: Lippa LM, Boker J, Duke A, Amin A.

A novel 3-year longitudinal pilot study of medical students’ acquisition and retention of screening eye examination skills. Ophthalmology 2006. 113(1):133-9

This study of 96 medical students assessed on 12 skills by 1) subjective preceptor and self-rated competence after the second year clinical skills course, 2) demonstrated competence during two third-year clerkships based on three submitted complete history and physical exams notes, 3) objective assessment of funduscopic skills via a direct ophthalmoscopy simulator during third-year Clinical Performance Examination, 4) fourth year, 4-day ophthalmology training and reassessment with the same simulator, and 5) self assessment just before graduation. This study showed erosion of skills across the third year clerkship with improvement after the fourth year skills reinforcement, underlying the benefit of repeat clinic ophthalmologic exposure during medical school.
[Commented by Hilary A. Beaver, MD. Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Weill Cornell Medical College, The Methodist Hospital; Adjunct Associate Professor, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston].

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An interesting simulator for teaching funduscopic skills is also the EYE Examination Simulator developed by Kyoto Kagaku Co. Ltd. And supervised by the Japan Society for Medical Education Working Group. You can read more about it by clicking here.

I have no financial interests related to this recommendation (GP)

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