The Effect of an Interactive Tutorial on the Prescribing Performance of Senior Medical Students
Medical Education Online
The effect of an interactive tutorial on the prescribing performance of senior medical students Medical Education Online, 2006; 11(9):1-6 ©Authors Tonkin AL, Taverner D, Latte J, Doecke C. The effect of an interactive tutorial on the prescribing performance of senior medical students. Abstract Objectives: To evaluate the effectiveness of small group tutorials in teaching senior medical students the requirements of prescription writing. Design: Random allocation to interactive tutorial or
... tutorial or didactic lecture with blinded evaluation. Subjects: All 1999 6 th year medical students, the University of Adelaide. Results: The Tutorial Attenders (mean 13.3, SD 2.6) performed significantly better than the Lecture Group (mean12.2, SD 3.0) p=0.041 and the Non-attenders (mean10.7, SD 3.1) p=<0.001. The 13 individual OSCE items formed four logical subgroups, and the Tutorial Attenders performed significantly better in Prescription Writing in all comparisons. Conclusion: A single, one-hour interactive tutorial is likely to be the minimum amount of intervention that will be effective in improving prescribing skills. Key Learning Points Prescription writing is a key skill that almost every doctor will use -numerous times a day. The learning of Clinical Pharmacology is a continuum that begins at the undergraduate level and continues throughout a doctor's postgraduate career. A single, one-hour interactive tutorial is likely to be the minimum amount of intervention that will be effective in improving prescribing skills.