Educators and practitioners’ perspectives in the development of a learning by concordance tool for medical clerkship in the context of the COVID pandemic

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  • Marie-France Deschênes University of Montréal
  • Bernard Charlin Université de Montréal
  • Véronique Phan Université de Montréal
  • Geneviève Grégoire Université de Montréal
  • Tania Riendeau Université de Montréal
  • Margaret Henri Université de Montréal
  • Aurore Fehlmann University of Geneva
  • Ahmed Moussa Université de Montréal

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https://doi.org/10.36834/cmej.72461

Abstract

Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has forced medical schools to create educational material to palliate the anticipated and observed decrease in clinical experiences during clerkships. An online learning by concordance (LbC) tool was developed to overcome the limitation of students’ experiences with clinical cases. However, knowledge about the instructional design of an LbC tool is scarce, especially the perspectives of collaborators involved in its design: 1- educators who wrote the vignettes’ questions and 2- practitioners who constitute the reference panel by answering the LbC questions. The aim of this study was to describe the key elements that supported the pedagogical design of an LbC tool from the perspectives of educators and practitioners.

Methods: A descriptive qualitative research design has been used. Online questionnaires were used, and descriptive analysis was conducted.

Results: Six educators and 19 practitioners participated in the study.  Important to the educators in designing the LbC tool were prevalent or high-stake situations, theoretical knowledge, professional situations experienced and perceived difficulties among students, and that the previous workshop promoted peer discussion and helped solidify the writing process. Important for practitioners was standards of practice and consensus among experts. However, they were uncertain of the educational value of their feedback, considering the ambiguity of the situations included in the LbC tool. 

Conclusions: The LbC tool is a relatively new training tool in medical education. Further research is needed to refine our understanding of the design of such a tool and ensure its content validity to meet the pedagogical objectives of the clerkship.

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2021-10-25 — Updated on 2021-12-31

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Deschênes M-F, Charlin B, Phan V, Grégoire G, Riendeau T, Henri M, Fehlmann A, Moussa A. Educators and practitioners’ perspectives in the development of a learning by concordance tool for medical clerkship in the context of the COVID pandemic . Can. Med. Ed. J [Internet]. 2021 Dec. 31 [cited 2022 May 20];12(6):43-54. Available from: https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/cmej/article/view/72461

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