Previous work has shown that a curriculum that included computer-based teaching modules (“e-modules”) improved retention of preclinical concepts of gross anatomy, as medical students transitioned to the third-year OBGYN clerkship. However, data showed that deficiencies still remained in areas not addressed by the curriculum. Two of these areas were microscopic anatomy and embryology, where retention scores were 4% and 38%, respectively (Jurjus et al., unpublished). Based on this research, an expanded series of e-modules will be created to target these anatomical topics that still require improvement, specifically in microscopic anatomy and embryology: 1) Ultrasound in Pregnancy using Embryological Knowledge 2) Pregnancy Timeline and the Embryo and 3) The Cervix in Health and Disease. The learning objectives correlate clinical medicine and anatomical categories. Once finalized, these e-modules will be live on the Himmelfarb Library website. By further expanding the number of e-modules available to students, we hope to improve retention of clinically relevant anatomical knowledge in adult learners.
Funding: GW Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Spring 2013 Grants for High Impact Teaching and Learning Practices.