Educational Approaches That Enhance Online Clinical Clerkship during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Naoto Kuroda, Anna Suzuki, Kai Ozawa, Nobuhiro Nagai, Yurika Okuyama, Kana Koshiishi, Masafumi Yamada, Yoshihiko Raita, Yosuke Kakisaka, Nobukazu Nakasato, Makoto Kikukawa

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Objective This cross-sectional national study determined which educational approaches are associated with the effectiveness of online clerkship for medical students. Method A survey was conducted for medical students at 78 medical schools in Japan from May 29 to June 14, 2020. It comprised the following aspects: (a) participants' profiles, (b) number of opportunities to learn from each educational approach (lecture, medical quiz, assignment, oral presentation, observation of a physician's practice, clinical skill practice, participation in interprofessional meetings, and interactive discussions with physicians) in online clerkship, (c) frequency of technical problems, and (d) educational outcome measurement (satisfaction, motivation, knowledge acquisition, skill acquisition, change in self-study time, and understanding of the importance of medical care team). Results Of the 2,640 respondents, 2,594 (98.3%) agreed to cooperate. Ultimately, 1,711 matched our inclusion criteria. All educational approaches but assignments were positively associated with satisfaction and motivation. All educational approaches excluding assignment submission and interprofessional meeting were positively associated with knowledge acquisition. Observation, practice, and interprofessional meeting were positively associated with skill acquisition. Only assignment submission was positively associated with the change in self-study time. Educational approaches excluding medical quizzes were positively associated with understanding the importance of the medical care team. Technical problems were negatively associated with motivation, knowledge acquisition, and skill acquisition. Conclusions Educators should implement various educational approaches, especially observation and practice, even in online clinical clerkship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2431-2440
Number of pages10
JournalInternal Medicine
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Internal Medicine

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