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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Screening Physical Exam

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: May 02, 2001 by Health Sciences
Overview: The Screening Physical Exam website is designed to introduce sophomore medical students to the process of conducting an examination of a patient from heat to foot in a methodical fashion. It presents the material in lecture (outline) format accompanied by photographs. Links are available for each system to view method of exam, normal and abnormal results and interactive self-examination questions.
Learning Goals: The learning goal of this material is to teach medical students how to conduct a screening physical exam.
Target Student Population: The target population is sophomore medical students at Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: The student would need to know basic anatomy and physiology.
Type of Material: It is primarily lecture content accompanied by photographs. It does have interactive quiz questions with feedback to the learner.
Technical Requirements: The viewer needs to have Netscape Navigator 4.0 with default font settings and ideally a 17-inch monitor.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The photographs are from subjects from a variety of ethnic and racial groups. The review questions are interactive with immediate feedback given.
Concerns: The primary reference (Bates, 1987) is not current. Students are asked to read sections of this text to accompany web-based material. It would be quicker than using a textbook to review this material, but is basically text with photographs.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: Although the program did not specifically list learning objectives, it states in the ?Read Me? section that this material is to be used by sophomore medical students as a resource to their Introduction to Clinical Medicine course. It would also be useful for undergraduate and graduate nursing students who are learning how to complete a physical exam
Concerns: There is a comment in the MERLOT user section that there is an error in the content related to ?Otoscopic examination - it is now recommended that the otoscope be held like a pen so the side of the hand can be used as a support against the head to prevent injury with movement. Sensory assessment of the face indicates a pin is used to assess sharp sensation. Use of a pin is discouraged because of the potential for injury. Rather than a pin, use a broken applicator so the cotton end is splayed for soft and the broken end is then used for sharp.?

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: It is easy to use. It loads quickly including the links to terms underlined in the text. From a technical perspective, it is very easy to use and has a fast download time.
Concerns: On the negative side, the picture of the medical center shows up frequently in the middle of screen and is distracting.