Determining teaching objectives for the family medicine clerkship in medical school - An Israeli national Delphi survey

Uzi Milman, Mordechai Alperin, Shmuel Reis, Riki Van-Ralte, Doron Hermoni*

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Abstract

Background: Most of the published documents proposing teaching objectives for undergraduate clerkships were prepared by expert bodies. Seldom have the clinical teachers, who are critical to the learning process and to the implementation of the teaching objectives, been the actual proponents of its core content. Objective: To develop a national-scale proposal of teaching objectives for the family medicine clerkship in medical school, using a consensus method and the actual, community-based teachers as the expert body. Methods: The Delphi method was chosen for that purpose. In the first round all 189 family medicine teachers in Israeli medical schools were asked to propose five teaching objectives. In the second round the objectives, which were generated in the first round, were characterized by key words and were sent to the participants as a second round for ranking according to their importance. Results: A total of 116 family medicine teachers (61.38%) responded in the first round and 91 of the 116 (78.5%) in the second round. They formulated 51 teaching objectives listed in order of importance, covering a wide array of themes and including knowledge, attitude and skills objectives. The most important objectives were common problems in primary care, recognition of the biopsychosocial model, and understanding the importance of the doctor-patient relationship. The structure of the list provides a unique insight into the relative importance of each objective in the context of the whole core content of the clerkship. Conclusions: Constructing a proposal for teaching objectives is feasible using the Delphi method and the field instructors as the selecting body. The process and its results can provide faculty with relevant and important suggestions on the content and structure of the family medicine clerkship.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)978-981
Number of pages4
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Volume3
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Delphi method
  • Family medicine (general practice)
  • Teaching objectives
  • Undergraduate education

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