Creating Secondary Learning Resources from BMJ Case Reports through Medical Student Conversational Learning in a Web Based Forum: A Young Man with Fever and Lymph Node Enlargement

Creating Secondary Learning Resources from BMJ Case Reports through Medical Student Conversational Learning in a Web Based Forum: A Young Man with Fever and Lymph Node Enlargement

Tamoghna Biswas (Medical College, Kolkata, India), Parijat Sen (Medical College, Kolkata, India), Sujoy Dasgupta (Medical College, Kolkata, India), Subhrashis Guha Niyogi (Medical College, Kolkata, India), G. C. Ghosh (Medical College, Kolkata, India), Kaustav Bera (Medical College, Kolkata, India) and Rakesh Biswas (People’s College of Medical Sciences, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1876-3.ch011
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Abstract

This paper discusses an exploratory approach in creating stimulating medical education resources in the form of interactive conversational learning between medical students and facilitators who dissected a case previously published in BMJ to which the students do not have access, thus bringing out the learning points in an exploratory manner. Through these conversations, students discover the subject and learn actively along with a facilitator who gradually guides them through the case based problem. BMJ Case reports present a unique platform for this case based PBL (problem based learning) activity. In this illustrative example, students and facilitators perform problem based learning in a nearly asynchronous manner on a web based forum.
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1st respondent TB: This is just too vague! Some pertinent questions I would like to ask regarding history: History of occupation, exposure, travel, contact, pets; any prior h/o TB or fever with rash, any family h/o similar illness, treatment history, transfusion history.

March 26 at 3:49pm:

RB: Thanks Tamoghna. The patient had no significant previous medical history, nor was there any family history of note. He was not on any medication although he had taken creatine supplements as part of a body building programme in the recent past. He had never smoked and drank alcohol rarely. He had not used any other recreational drugs.

March 26 at 3:53pm:

RB: Don't have the data on his occupation and there is no history of exposure, travel, pets and no history of TB fever or rash.

TB: Was there associated fever? If yes, the grade and type? Did the fever respond to over the counter OTC meds?

March 26 at 3:55pm:

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