In medicine, every physician must know how to prescribe safely, effectively, and within regulatory parameters. However, safe prescribing is complex and a common source of medical errors. Thus, it is important that graduating medical students are adequately trained once they enter residency and are expected to prescribe independently. A previous study showed that 73.3% of final year medical students found their training in Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology (CPT) was poor. Since there is tremendous pressure on medical schools to add modules, class time, and training, without increasing costs, they seek novel and efficient methods of increasing competency. e-Learning offers new avenues for learning which are on par with traditional learning. This project’s objectives are to create and evaluate a relevant inventory of online resources for Canadian medical students.
To find relevant resources, literature searches of Medline, EMBASE, and Eric articles was performed as well as a survey sent to 619 individuals in 219 medical schools in Canada, USA, UK, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia. To date, we have received responses from 224 responses from faculty with a total of 80 suggested resources. Those resources were screened for accessibility and English language, and eight resources have been evaluated.
The CPT e-Curriculum Quality Evaluation Questionnaire uses a 5-point Likert scale to evaluate comprehensiveness (coverage of McMaster Core Drugs List), usability (eg, easy to navigate, etc), application of e-Learning principles (eg, structure, feedback, etc), and appropriateness of content. This evaluation remains in progress but has already identified one comprehensive, high quality resource.