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BACKGROUND The level of interest in general surgery among US seniors has been declining; however, it may be perceived as a more attractive career outside the United States. METHODS A survey was developed and distributed to students at medical schools in 8 countries. Results were analyzed to determine whether interest in general surgery was related to sex(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the stabilization of match rates, negative perceptions toward general surgery are still rife among medical students. The aim of this study was to describe the attitudes of fourth-year medical students towards general surgery at a regional level. METHOD All fourth-year medical students in the state of Nebraska were invited to complete an(More)
CONTEXT Medical education researchers are inherently collaborators. This paper presents a discussion of theoretical frameworks, issues and challenges around collaborative research to prepare medical education researchers to enter into successful collaborations. It gives emphasis to the conceptual issues associated with collaborative research and applies(More)
BACKGROUND An audience response system (ARS) is an electronic classroom communication device. There are several educational justifications for using ARS. Our controlled study investigated whether ARS use was associated with improved performance on a course exam. METHOD This study used exam scores as the outcome and employed a switching replication design(More)
OBJECTIVE We previously have demonstrated the educational benefits of surgical demonstrations to first-year medical students. The aim of this current study was to analyze the influence of these demonstrations on the perceptions of students toward surgeons and a possible career in surgery. METHODS A faculty member from the Department of Surgery provided an(More)
INTRODUCTION The level of interest expressed by medical students toward the field of general surgery has decreased. The aims of this study were to (1) describe an educational scheme in surgical anatomy that increases interaction between practicing surgeons and first-year medical students and (2) garner feedback and opinions of these medical students from a(More)
BACKGROUND In 2004 the University of Nebraska College of Medicine developed an online prematriculation program, Fast Start, to introduce students to the environment and expectations in medical school. PURPOSE This quantitative study was conducted to determine whether using Fast Start correlated with performance in the gross anatomy course. METHODS A(More)
BACKGROUND Medical school is arduous and participating in optional service-learning activities may compete with the required curriculum. The student-run SHARING Clinics at the University of Nebraska are managed by a Board of students who commit to extensive voluntary participation. PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to determine whether optional(More)