Case-Based Independent Study for Medical Students in Emergency Psychiatry
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Objective: Brief cases designed for independent study were developed to allow third-year medical students some exposure to important concepts in emergency psychiatry during their required psychiatry clerkship. Methods: Five independent study cases were given to University of Michigan third-year medical students during their psychiatry clerkship, and their performance on a pre- and posttest of knowledge of emergency psychiatry management was compared between students who did and did not use the independent study cases. Results: All of the students improved in their knowledge of emergency psychiatric management, but the students who completed the cases had a significantly better performance on the postrotation quiz. Conclusions: Case-based independent study is an effective method to improve exposure to emergency psychiatry cases during a third-year medical student clerkship.
KeywordsMedical Student Academic Psychiatry Posttest Score Psychiatric Emergency Psychiatry Clerkship
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