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Student academic performance in rural clinical schools: the impact of cohort size and competition

Condon, Brendan P., Worley, Paul S., Condon, John R. and Prideaux, David J. 2017, Student academic performance in rural clinical schools: the impact of cohort size and competition, Medical teacher, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 262-268, doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2017.1270430.

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Title Student academic performance in rural clinical schools: the impact of cohort size and competition
Author(s) Condon, Brendan P.ORCID iD for Condon, Brendan P. orcid.org/0000-0002-1049-8143
Worley, Paul S.
Condon, John R.
Prideaux, David J.
Journal name Medical teacher
Volume number 39
Issue number 3
Start page 262
End page 268
Total pages 7
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2017-03
ISSN 1466-187X
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Education, Scientific Disciplines
Health Care Sciences & Services
Education & Educational Research
Summary OBJECTIVES: The Deakin University School of Medicine commenced in 2008 as a rurally focused medical school in south-eastern Australia. This research was designed to examine the effectiveness of the school's adoption of small regional clinical school settings.

METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of the first two cohorts of students was employed to assess academic performance at each of five geographically dispersed clinical training sites, with varying student cohort sizes. The Dundee Ready Education Environment Measure (DREEM) questionnaire provided quantitative data regarding the students' perception of their educational environment. The data were analyzed using univariate and multivariate analyses.

RESULTS: The highest examination scores, and greatest satisfaction with educational environment, were associated with the clinical school that had a small-sized group of students and was not co-located with another medical school. These differences remained after adjusting for multiple potential confounding factors.

CONCLUSION: The smaller sites appear to have provided superior support for student learning in this new medical school. This advantage diminishes when smaller cohorts are co-located with students from other medical schools. Cohort size and co-location of medical school curricula may be important independent variables for researchers to consider when comparing the results of clinical education innovations in different settings.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/0142159X.2017.1270430
Field of Research 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
1301 Education Systems
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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