Martin V. Pusic

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BACKGROUND At present, what students read after an outpatient encounter is largely left up to them. Our objective was to evaluate the education efficacy of a clinical education model in which the student moves through a sequence that includes immediately reinforcing their learning using a specifically designed computer tutorial. METHODS Prior to a 14-day(More)
Participant attrition may be a significant threat to the generalizability of the results of educational research studies if participants who do not persist in a study differ from those who do in ways that can affect the experimental outcomes. A multi-center trial of the efficacy of different computer-based instructional strategies gave us the opportunity to(More)
Sequential context effects, the psychological interactions occurring between the events of successive trials when a sequence of similar stimuli are judged, have interested psychologists for decades. It has been well established that individuals exhibit sequential context effects in psychophysical experiments involving unidimensional stimuli. Recent evidence(More)
BACKGROUND Radiograph teaching files are usually dominated by abnormal cases, implying that normal radiographs are easier to interpret. Our main objective was to compare the interpretation difficulty of normal versus abnormal radiographs of a set of common pediatric radiographs. METHODS We developed a 234-item digital case bank of pediatric ankle(More)
BACKGROUND Intelligence theory research has illustrated that people hold either "fixed" (intelligence is immutable) or "growth" (intelligence can be improved) mindsets and that these views may affect how people learn throughout their lifetime. Little is known about the mindsets of physicians, and how mindset may affect their lifetime learning and(More)
CONTEXT Despite calls for the improvement of self-assessment as a basis for self-directed learning, instructional designs that include reflection in practice are uncommon. Using data from a screen-based simulation for learning radiograph interpretation, we present validity evidence for a simple self-monitoring measure and examine how it can complement skill(More)
Background. The Emergency Department (ED) is a daunting environment for the medical learner. Time pressures on the attending physicians mean that the learning needs of the medical student may, quite appropriately, be given a lower priority than the clinical needs of the patients. We propose that a collection of brief focused computer tutorials presented at(More)
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