Attitudes of faculty and students toward case-based learning in the third-year obstetrics and gynecology clerkship

Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2005 Feb;192(2):644-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2004.10.595.


Objective: This study was undertaken to compare the attitudes of faculty and medical students toward case-based learning and lecture format during the obstetrics and gynecology clerkship.

Study design: For this prospective comparative study, student presentations were alternately assigned to traditional lecture- or case-based format every 6 weeks. Presentations were made to other students and a single faculty. A total of 31 faculty members, 30 student presenters, and 122 student participants completed evaluations. Teaching methods were compared. RESULTS Faculty members favored lecture format over case-based learning for "attentiveness and interaction of the group" (3.9 vs 4.5, P < .018) and for "meeting the objectives" (3.7 vs 4.5, P < .002). Student participants favored case-based learning in "understanding the relationship between knowledge and clinical practice" (4.34 vs 4.06, P < .05) and "enjoyed" (4.34 vs 3.90, P < .008). Student presenters showed no differences between groups.

Conclusion: Faculty favored lecture format whereas student participants favored a case-based presentation. Student presenters were comfortable with both formats.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude*
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Clinical Clerkship*
  • Faculty, Medical*
  • Gynecology / education*
  • Humans
  • Learning*
  • Obstetrics / education*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Students, Medical*