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16. Grazer Konferenz – Qualität der Lehre: Curriculum planning and assessment

19. - 21. April 2012, Timisoara, Romania

Impact of Study Choice on the Interest of Students of Human Medicine versus Dental Medicine by Means of the Study Module Musculoskeletal System


  • corresponding author Gerald Gruber - Medical University of Graz, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Graz, Austria
  • Birgit A. Aigner - Medical University of Graz, Department of General Dermatology, Graz, Austria
  • author Gerwin A. Bernhardt - Medical University of Graz, Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, Graz, Austria
  • author Norbert Kastner - Medical University of Graz, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Graz, Austria
  • Patrick Vvaken - Children's Hospital Boston/MA, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Bosten/MA, USA
  • author Andreas Leithner - Medical University of Graz, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Graz, Austria
  • author Patrick Sadoghi - Medical University of Graz, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Graz, Austria

16. Grazer Konferenz – Qualität der Lehre 2012 - Curriculum planning and assessment. Timisoara, Romania, 19.-21.04.2012. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2012. Doc12grako21

doi: 10.3205/12grako21, urn:nbn:de:0183-12grako210

Veröffentlicht: 5. September 2012

© 2012 Gruber et al.
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Introduction: At the Medical University of Graz, medical students (M) and dental students (D) have to successfully complete compulsory study modules. One of these modules covers fundamentals of the musculoskeletal system for medicine as well as for dental medicine. The aim of this study was two fold; to evaluate the students´ interest in the musculoskeletal module and to assess it by subjective means. We hypothesized that medical students were more interested and would rate the musculoskeletal module better than dental students.

Methods: After completion of the module students evaluated the module using standardized forms. The following parameters were defined in both groups: achievement, motivation, general contentment, satisfaction with the virtual medical campus (VMC), contentment with respect to lectures, seminars and internships. The scale was ranging from 1 to 6, whereby 1 had been determined “that’s totally true” and 6 “does not apply at all”. The results of both groups were compared with each other.

Results: In total 47 students (27 M and 20 D) returned their forms. Achievement, motivation and general contentment reached a mean of 1.755 (M) versus 3.125 (D); these results were statistically different. Satisfaction with the VMC was at a mean value of 1.945 (M) versus 4.55 (D). Contentment with lectures had been rated with 1.855 (M) versus 2.365 (D), with seminars 1.675 (M) versus 2.25 (D), and internships with 2.195 (M) versus 2.3 (D).

Discussion: We conclude that students of human medicine do have higher interest and better ratings compared to students of dental medicine as far as the module musculoskeletal system is concerned. Due to the low number of participants these results need to be taken with care; further evaluations are necessary.