Umedic Research

• National multicenter studies have been carried out to assess the skills gained by using the UMedic system.

• The implementation of a four-year UMedic Multimedia Computer Curriculum in Cardiology involved six medical schools: Miami, Emory, Iowa, Illnois, Florida and Duke. A total of 1,586 students reviewed 6,131 programs. The 4-year curriculum was found to be feasible and highly accepted. Success was dependent upon local leadership and a willingness to change.

• Another study was carried out to determine if students trained with the UMedic system can acquire and retain core bedside cardiology skills. Five medical centers participated: Duke, Emory, Miami, Mt. Sinai and Northwestern, with a total of 208 senior medical students. Students trained in a clerkship that included UMedic has significantly higher increases in their pre to post test bedside skills scores than those trained in a standard clerkship. Taken together, these studies clearly demonstrate that the UMedic system will enhance bedside skills when made part of the curriculum and outcomes are tested.

Selected research publications include:

  • Sajid AW, Ewy GA, Felner, et al. Cardiology patient simulator and computer-assisted instruction technologies in bedside teaching. Medical Education. 1990;24:512-517.
  • Waugh RA, Mayer JW, Ewy GA, et al. Multimedia computer-assisted instruction in cardiology. Arch Intern Med. 1995;155:197-203
  • Petrusa ER, Issenberg SB, Mayer JW, Felner JM, et al: Implementation of a four-year multimedia computer curriculum in cardiology at six medical schools. Acad Med. 1999;74:123-9.
  • Issenberg SB, Petrusa ER, McGaghie WC, Felner JM, et al: Effectiveness of a computer-based system to teach bedside cardiology. Acad Med. 1999;74 (Supplement):S93-5.
  • Gordon MS, Issenberg SB, Mayer JW, Felner JM. Developments in the use of simulators and multimedia computer systems in medical education. Med Teacher. 1999;21:32-6.
  • Issenberg SB, McGaghie WC, Hart IR, Mayer JW, et al, Simulation technology for health professional skills training and assessment. JAMA. 1999;282:861-866.
  • Issenberg SB, McGaghie WC, Gordon DL, et al. Effectiveness of a cardiology review course for internal medicine residents using simulation technology and deliberate practice. Teaching and Learning in Medicine. 2002;14(4):223-228.
  • Issenberg SB, McGaghie WC, Petrusa ER, Gordon DL and Scalese RJ, Features and uses of high-fidelity medical simulations that lead to effective learning: a BEME systematic review, Medical Teacher, 27(1):10-28, 2005.
  • McGaghie WC, Issenberg SB, Petrusa ER, Scalese RJ, Effect of Practice on Standardized Learning Outcomes in Simulation-Based Medical Education, Medical Education, 40(8):792-797, 2006.

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