Defining Goals and Learning Objectives for a Longitudinal Clerkship in the Complex Context of Health Care

Schaufelberger, Mireille; Trachsel, Sandra; Rothenbühler, Andreas Peter; Frey, Peter (2009). Defining Goals and Learning Objectives for a Longitudinal Clerkship in the Complex Context of Health Care. In: WONCA-Kongress 2009. Basel, Switzerland. 16-19 September 2009.

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In autumn 2007 the Swiss Medical School of Berne (Switzerland) implemented mandatory short-term clerkships in primary health care for all undergraduate medical students. Students studying for a Bachelor degree complete 8 half-days per year in the office of a general practitioner, while students studying for a Masters complete a three-week clerkship. Every student completes his clerkships in the same GP office during his four years of study. The purpose of this paper is to show how the goals and learning objectives were developed and evaluated.

Method:A working group of general practitioners and faculty had the task of defining goals and learning objectives for a specific training program within the complex context of primary health care. The group based its work on various national and international publications. An evaluation of the program, a list of minimum requirements for the clerkships, an oral exam in the first year and an OSCE assignment in the third year assessed achievement of the learning objectives.

Results: The findings present the goals and principal learning objectives for these clerkships, the results of the evaluation and the achievement of minimum requirements. Most of the defined learning objectives were taught and duly learned by students. Some learning objectives proved to be incompatible in the context of ambulatory primary care and had to be adjusted accordingly.

Discussion: The learning objectives were evaluated and adapted to address students’ and teachers’ needs and the requirements of the medical school. The achievement of minimum requirements (and hence of the learning objectives) for clerkships has been mandatory since 2008. Further evaluations will show whether additional learning objectives need to be adopte

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute of General Practice and Primary Care (BIHAM)
04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute for Medical Education

UniBE Contributor:

Schaufelberger, Mireille, Trachsel, Sandra, Rothenbühler, Andreas Peter, Frey, Peter


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services




Eveline Götschmann-Meile

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04 Oct 2013 15:13

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05 Dec 2022 14:22

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