Surgent University: The Establishment and evaluation of a national online clinical teaching repository for surgical trainees and students

Corrigan, M. and McHugh, S. and Sheikh, A. and Lehane, E. and Shields, C. and Redmond, P. and Kerin, M. and Hill, A. (2012) Surgent University: The Establishment and evaluation of a national online clinical teaching repository for surgical trainees and students. pp. 200-204. ISSN 15533506 (ISSN)

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Introduction. The aim of this study was to develop a new teaching strategy for medical students while creating a national online repository system (Surgent University). Then, the potential of this e-learning modality to facilitate learning of clinical surgery was evaluated. Methods. An online repository and Internet-based interface was designed and hosted on the medical education Web site, Participation was by medical students across 3 Irish universities. Student use of the repository was quantitatively assessed over an 8-week period. They were then invited to complete an anonymous survey assessing the effectiveness of the online repository. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS version 15, with P <.05 considered significant. Results. Over the study period, the online repository received 6105 uploaded facts by 182 final-year medical students from 3 different universities. The repository Web pages were accessed 54 061 times with 4609 individual searches of the repository. Of the 60 participating students invited to provide survey-based feedback, there were 40 respondents, giving a 66.7% response rate. Of those surveyed, 70% (n = 28) rated the online repository as highly beneficial and 75% (n = 30) as highly relevant. Overall, 87.5% (n = 35) felt that it should be continued, and 70% (n = 28) felt that it should be expanded beyond surgery to include other hospital specialties. Those finding the program interface user-friendly were more likely to find it beneficial (P =.031) and relevant to their ongoing education (P =.002). Conclusions. A user-friendly interface allows for high levels of usage, whereas a student-centered structure ensures that the facts uploaded are beneficial and relevant to medical students' education. © The Author(s) 2012.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: e-learning; education; surgery; article; clinical data repository; computer interface; health survey; human; medical student; online system; quantitative analysis; surgical training; Databases, Factual; Education, Medical; General Surgery; Humans; Internet; Personal Satisfaction; Students, Medical; User-Computer Interface
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