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Monday, February 27 • 10:00am - 10:45am
ARCHES - [Oral Presentation] 2. Clinical Skills Temporal Degradation Assessment in Undergraduate Medical Education

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10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Clinical Skills Temporal Degradation Assessment in Undergraduate Medical Education

J. Fisher, R. Viscussi, A. Ratesic, C. Johnstone, R. Kelley, J. Bates, E. Situ-Lacasse, W. Adams Rappaport, R. Amini, University of Arizona College of Medicine
Abstract Body: Abstract: Objectives: Medical students’ ability to learn clinical procedures and competently apply their skills on patients is an essential component of medical education. Complex skills with limited opportunity for practice have been shown to degrade without continued refresher training. To our knowledge there is no evidence that objectively evaluates temporal degradation of clinical skills in undergraduate medical education. The objective of this study was to evaluate temporal retention of clinical skills among third year medical students. Methods: A cross-sectional study at an urban academic medical center evaluated 45 novice third year medical students for temporal retention of pigtail thoracostomy, femoral line placement, and endotracheal intubation skills. Prior to the start of third-year medical clerkships, medical students participated in a two-hour didactic session geared to teach clinically relevant procedures. Prior to their respective surgery clerkships students were asked to perform the same three procedures and were evaluated by trained emergency medicine and surgery faculty for retention rates using three validated checklists. Results: Retention rates were shown to rapidly decline between six and 12 weeks with statistical significance (p < 0.05) for all three procedural skills. Conclusion: Further data needs to be collected in a variety of clinical skills to determine set points for implementing refresher training. 

Monday February 27, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am

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