An assessment of the feasibility and effectiveness of an E-learning module in delivering a curriculum in radiation protection to undergraduate medical students

Leong, S. and Mc Laughlin, P. and O'Connor, O. J. and O'Flynn, S. and Maher, M. M. (2012) An assessment of the feasibility and effectiveness of an E-learning module in delivering a curriculum in radiation protection to undergraduate medical students. Journal of the American College of Radiology, 9 (3). pp. 203-209. ISSN 15461440 (ISSN)

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Purpose: Integrating radiation protection (RP) education in the undergraduate medical curriculum is gaining importance and is mandatory in certain jurisdictions. An e-learning module for RP was developed at the authors' medical school and was integrated into year 4 of the 5-year undergraduate medical program. The aim of this study was to investigate its impact on RP knowledge, student preferences for various teaching methods, self-assessment of RP knowledge, and perceptions of career prospects in radiology. Likert-type 5-point scale evaluations and general comments about the RP module and various methods of teaching were also obtained. Methods: An e-learning module in RP was designed and presented to year 4 medical undergraduates. All students were required to complete premodule and postmodule questionnaires. Results: Eighty-nine percent (n = 113) and 99% (n = 126) of the 127 medical students successfully completed and returned the premodule and postmodule questionnaires, respectively. After the e-learning module, students' postmodule RP knowledge had improved significantly. Analysis of postmodule RP knowledge suggested that a favorable self-assessment of knowledge of RP, perception of career prospects in radiology, and completion of the e-learning module with an increased number of sessions were factors predictive of improved RP knowledge. Students expressed a preference for didactic lectures and clinical attachment for instruction in RP over e-learning. Conclusions: The development of an e-learning module in RP is feasible and results in improved knowledge of RP among medical undergraduates. Combining e-learning and more traditional educational programs such as a clinical radiology rotation is likely to improve student experience. © 2012 American College of Radiology.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: e-learning; ionizing radiation; medical students; Radiation protection; article; curriculum; e learning module; female; human; learning; male; medical education; medical student; patient safety; questionnaire; radiology; self evaluation; teaching
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