An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of a Medical School Musculoskeletal Curriculum at an Academic Medical Center

  • Andy Lalka University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Ryan Caldwell University of Colorado, School of Medicine
  • Andrew Black University of Colorado, School of Medicine
  • Frank A Scott University of Colorado, School of Medicine
Keywords: Program Evaluation, Musculoskeletal Education, Quality Assurance, Student Assessment

Abstract

Background: Musculoskeletal disorders are common medical problems encountered by physicians and affected 126.6 million Americans in 2012.  Musculoskeletal education has inadequate in United States medical schools.

Objective: To determine the musculoskeletal competency of third year medical students.

Methods: A cross-sectional 25-question nationally validated musculoskeletal competency exam was given to the third year medical students.  A survey was given to second and third year medical students to assess students’ level of interest in musculoskeletal medicine and their feedback regarding the curriculum.

Results:  The mean score of the competency exam was 69.0%.  There was 48/107 (44.9%) students’ who reached the minimum passing score of 70%.  Free-response feedback from both classes featured themes of more hands-on learning, a longer clinical block, and more small-group learning sessions.

Conclusions:  Third year medical students scored relatively well on the exam.  Student feedback suggests the 2-week musculoskeletal block is useful and relevant to their future careers.

Author Biographies

Andy Lalka, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Department of Orthopedics

Professional Research Assistant

Frank A Scott, University of Colorado, School of Medicine

Department of Orthopedics

Associate Professor

Published
2018-12-26
How to Cite
Lalka, A., Caldwell, R., Black, A., & Scott, F. (2018). An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of a Medical School Musculoskeletal Curriculum at an Academic Medical Center. Higher Learning Research Communications, 8(2), 55-63. https://doi.org/10.18870/hlrc.v8i2.422
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