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April 11, 1980

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

Author Affiliations

From the Programme for Educational Development and the School of Nursing (Ms Tamblyn), Department of Medicine (Dr Barrows), Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.

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)