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; Fröhlich, Eckhart (2019). Outcomes of three different ways to train medical students as ultrasound tutors. BMC medical education, 19(1), p. 125. BioMed Central 10.1186/s12909-019-1556-4

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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.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurology

UniBE Contributor:

Debove, Ines


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




BioMed Central




Chantal Kottler

Date Deposited:

14 Nov 2019 10:13

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24 Nov 2019 02:45

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Course Internship Student instructor education Ultrasound education Ultrasound tutor skill acquisition Undergraduate medical education





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