*Nick Tarazona, MD,  Juana Leon, Maria Angelica Botero, Lilian Torregrosa, MD
San Ignacio Hospital, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Poster Presentation – Research Track
Saturday, Sept 29, 2012: 1:20 PM – 2:20 PM – LK Lower Lobby

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*Presenting Speaker

Evidence based medicine (EBM) stimulates critical thinking in medical sudents and facilitates decision making processes. In our faculty, several contents based on clinical epidemiology are published during medical school, however among students there is a constant perception of difficulty on applying theory in clinical sceneries. The main targets of this study were: 1) Develop EBM application skills among medical students. 2) Achieve evidence-based surgery (EBS) application during the clinical clerkship of surgery. 3) Create a spot in social networks that allows student to practice EBS 4) Create EBS teaching methods for Web 2.0 generation medical students.

Methods

A structured program was created for medical students from 4 basic premises: read, think, write and talk. For this, the project was developed through social networks and cloud platforms. The application of this methodology was performed in three steps.

First:

  1. A dropbox account was created for all relevant documents to be shared.
  2. A document with all the directions, objectives, activities and schedule for students was uploaded to dropbox.
  3. Articles were selected for encouraging EBM and EBS learning and uploaded to dropbox.
  4. A facebook group was created for students to comment about the articles mentioned in the third step.

Second, each student was:

  1. Assigned with an article.
  2. Assigned with a time schedule to write the article in Spanish to afterwards upload it in dropbox and facebook group accounts.
  3. Students then commented the article in the facebook group, each comment should had Vancouver references or a pubmed PMID.

Third, each student responsible for each article had to:

  1. Incorporate facebook comments to the base article.
  2. Present the article among a group of surgeons and the group of students, whom would give a feedback.

Results
Students reported an improvement in their interest for these technology-based activities. So it in their reading, critical thinking, writing and oral skills. Time and engagement was optimized for both, students and teachers in article reviews. There were 6 (six) articles created in total, at the time under style review for their release in the Colombian Surgery Journal.

Conclusion
The feasibility of this innovative strategy during the clinical clerkship of wirgery with students and surgeons was demonstrated, with several advantages compared with the traditional approach of EBS. Future research will be needed to conclude the overall impact of this methodology.