The impact of a new educational strategy on acquiring neonatology skills

I. Treadwell*, T. W. De Witt, S. Grobler

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Overview: A shortage of staff for teaching neonatology skills to large numbers of students, in small groups and following a new curriculum, necessitated an innovative educational strategy. This entailed the development and implementation of an interactive multimedia program (CD-ROM) to deliver information about skills and to demonstrate them. Methods: Students had to study a specific skill using the CD-ROM and then practise in the Skills Laboratory, supported by lecturers who provided formative evaluation. Objectives: The aims of this study were to assess the students' perspectives on the new strategy, and to compare the skills of students following the new curriculum to those of students following the traditional curriculum, who do not follow structured programmes on practical skills but experience a practical neonatology rotation. Results: The evaluation of the CD-ROM program was very favourable. The majority of students still preferred live demonstrations but found the CD-ROM useful for revision purposes. With the exception of one skill, endotracheal intubation, the new curriculum students were found to be as competent as the students following the traditional curriculum and performed mask ventilation and cardiac massage significantly better than them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-448
Number of pages8
JournalMedical Education
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • CD ROM
  • Clinical competence
  • Curriculum
  • Education, medical, undergraduate/*methods
  • Neonatology, education


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