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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


A Practical Guide to Clinical Medicine

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 4.9 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.9 stars
Reviewed: Mar 25, 2005 by Health Sciences
Overview:

A Practical Guide to Clinical Medicine is a comprehensive but concise physical
examination and clinical education site for medical students and other health
care students and professionals. The twenty topics/lessons plus reference
topics include patient histories; vital signs; eye, lung, heart, extremities,
neurological, and other body systems; write-ups and presentations; and clinical
decision making. The focus is on clinical relevance of information, why it's
important, and how it applies to the actual patient. Each of the topics answers
the question, "What do I really need to know about this area of medical care?"
Lessons include step-by-step detail of examination techniques, frequently used
special maneuvers, rationale for each aspect of the examination and, where
appropriate, a discussion of relevant pathophysiology. Visuals identifying
appropriate techniques and examples of common pathologic findings accompany each
section. The site’s home page provides Dr. Goldberg’s introduction to the
material.

Learning Goals:


    (1) assist the learner in identifying what information from a physical
    examination is truly relevant, why it's important and how it applies to the
    actual patient
    (2) draw attention to core behaviors that define clinical excellence
    (3) reinforce basic principles of the physical examination

Target Student Population:

Medical students, advanced nursing students, and students in other areas of
health care.

Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:

A sound foundation of advanced human anatomy and physiology is prerequisite to
gaining full benefit from this site.

Type of Material:

Reference material in a web-based format that includes text, images, sound, and
video clips.

Recommended Uses:

Although each lesson/topic stands alone and can be assigned independently, the
material should be used for supplemental learning and/or review.

Technical Requirements:

High-speed Internet connection, speakers, and media player are required.


Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.9 stars
Strengths:

The integration of visuals with the information in each topic is outstanding.
The “practicality” of the lessons cannot be overemphasized. Users of these
learning objects are drawn into the lesson much as if they were present during
the examinations.The site is concise, clear,very easy to navigate and provides good explanations.

Concerns:

none


Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths:

The writing is clear and to the point. Navigation is easy and topics can be used
independently of each other. Pictures clearly identifying appropriate
techniques accompany each lesson section, as are examples of common pathologic
findings. Several topics include images of gross anatomic correlates and video
clips of selected examination maneuvers and findings. Links to other useful
websites and an extensive reference list are included.

Concerns:

none


Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.9 stars
Strengths:

The narrative is down-to-earth in a conversational tone and navigation is easy.
Software requirements are either standard on most computers these days; software
needed can be downloaded free (browser, media player).

Concerns:

The video clips are slow to load without a high speed Internet connection,
however, the lessons are complete even without the video clips.