A comparison between the efficacy of lectures given by emergency and non-emergency physicians in an international emergency medicine educational intervention

Scott G. Weiner, Kevin M. Ban, Leon D. Sanchez, Tiziana Tarasco, Stefano Grifoni, Giancarlo Berni, Gian Franco Gensini

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Abstract

The Tuscan Emergency Medicine Initiative is an international collaboration designed to create a sustainable emergency medicine training and qualification process in Tuscany, Italy. Part of the program involves training all emergency physicians currently practicing in the region. This qualification process includes didactic lectures, clinical rotations and practical workshops for those with significant emergency department experience. Lectures in the didactic portion were given by both emergency medicine (EM) and non-EM faculty. We hypothesized that faculty who worked clinically in EM would give more effective lectures than non-EM faculty. Fifty-one emergency physicians from the hospitals surrounding Florence completed the course, which included 48 one-hour lectures. Twenty lectures were given by practicing emergency physicians and 28 were given by non-EM faculty. Participants completed an evaluation at the end of each session using a 5-point Likert scale describing the pertinence of the lecture to EM, the efficacy and clarity of the presentation, the accuracy of the information and the didactic ability of the lecturer. A mean of 38.5 evaluations was completed for each lecture. Every factor was significantly higher for lectures given by EM faculty: the pertinence of the lecture to EM (4.46 vs 4.16, p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-71
Number of pages5
JournalInternal and Emergency Medicine
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006

Keywords

  • Emergency medicine
  • Evaluation studies
  • International education exchange
  • Teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine

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