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April 11, 1980

Bedside Clinics in Neurology: An Alternate Format for the One-Day Course in Continuing Medical Education

JAMA. 1980;243(14):1448-1450. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300400032024

Five one-day workshops entitled "Bedside Clinics in Neurology" were conducted and evaluated at the annual American Medical Association conventions during the past four years. A problem-based, student-centered, small-group approach using simulated patient problems was used as a means of avoiding the educational assumptions made by the more conventional teacher-centered lecture-discussion format. The response by participants in an immediate evaluation and six-month follow-up of the last two workshops indicated that (1) this format was stimulating, (2) the workshop would be attended again if conducted in a different topic, (3) the participants would pay a mean cost of $70, and (4) the workshop provided practical and relevant information for their day-to-day practice situation. Further evaluation to assess the educational effectiveness of this format is being planned.

(JAMA 243:1448-1450, 1980)