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Comparison of learning outcomes for teaching focused cardiac ultrasound to physicians: a supervised human model course versus an eLearning guided self- directed simulator course
Materials and Methods: We prospectively compared learning outcomes in novice critical care physicians after completion of a supervised one-and-a-half-day workshop model with a self-guided course utilizing a simulator over four weeks. Both groups had identical pre-workshop on-line learning (20h). Image quality scores were compared using FCU performed on humans without pathology. Interpretive knowledge was compared using 20MCQ tests.
Results: Of 161 eligible, 145 participants consented. Total Image quality scores were higher in the Simulator group (95.2% vs. 66.0%, P < .001) and also higher for each view (all P < .001). Interpretive knowledge was not different before (78.6% vs. 79.0%) and after practical training (74.7% vs. 76.1%) and at 3 months (81.0% vs. 77.0%, all P > .1). Including purchase of the simulator and ultrasound equipment, the simulator course required lower direct costs (AUD$796 vs. $1724 per participant) and instructor time (0.5 vs.1.5 days) but similar participant time (2.8 vs. 3.0 days).
Conclusions: Self-directed learning with ultrasound simulators may be a scalable alternative to conventional supervised teaching with human models.
Publication titleJournal of Critical Care
Department/SchoolMenzies Institute for Medical Research
PublisherW B Saunders Co
Place of publicationIndependence Square West Curtis Center, Ste 300, Philadelphia, USA, Pa, 19106-3399
Rights statementCopyright 2018 Elsevier Inc.