Yeleswarapu S. Padmini, Pratibha K. Agarwal & Lourdes M. Daniel

Department of Child Development, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), Singapore

Abstract

Introduction: The aim of the study was to evaluate the efficacy of the developmental paediatrics teaching programme for undergraduate medical students posted to the Department of Child Development (DCD), in a tertiary children’s hospital in Singapore.

Methods: Efficacy of the teaching program was evaluated objectively using multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and subjectively using a self-assessment evaluation form developed in-house. Feedback was obtained from the students and tutors at the end of the posting.

Results: 36 students participated in this evaluation. There was a significant positive difference in the pre and end of posting MCQ scores (p < 0.001). The difference in the students’ self-assessment of their knowledge and skills of child development before and at the end of their DCD posting was similarly positively significant (p < 0.001). Feedback from the students using a series of open-ended questions indicated that they had a very positive learning experience and this included learning beyond their stated learning objectives. Feedback from the tutors was reflective of some of the challenges they faced while teaching.

Conclusion: The integrated approach to teaching developmental paediatrics that includes didactic, reflective, interactive and problem-based learning results in a highly positive learning experience and enhances both the knowledge and skills in child development. This enables delivery of a holistic curriculum that goes beyond teaching mainly routine developmental assessment.

Keywords:            Developmental Assessment, Developmental Paediatrics, Problem-based learning, Didactic Teaching, Medical Students

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