Teaching medical students to resuscitate children: an innovative two-part programme

Emerg Med Australas. 2011 Dec;23(6):741-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-6723.2011.01477.x. Epub 2011 Sep 4.


Objective: The objective of the present study was to design and evaluate a novel, 'blended learning' approach to the teaching of paediatric resuscitation to medical students.

Methods: Participants were recruited from the Graduate Medical Program at the University of Sydney. The course incorporated an initial e-learning module and a subsequent practical component. The e-learning module taught basic and advanced life support. Students then attended a 90 min practical session, which focussed on team work and the psychomotor components of resuscitation. Improvement in knowledge was measured by a multiple choice question (MCQ) test. The MCQ was completed prior to beginning the whole course, after completion of the e-learning module and again at follow up 8 months later. Students also completed an evaluation survey.

Results: Twenty-one students participated. There was a significant objective increase in knowledge from pre-course to post e-learning scores, median scores (interquartile range) from 12/23 (10.5 to 13.5) to 21/23 (20 to 22.5), P < 0.001. This significant increase in knowledge was still apparent at follow up 8 months later. Median MCQ score at follow up was 17/23 (14 to 18.5), P < 0.002. Students self-rated significant improvements in their knowledge, confidence and ability to perform basic and advanced life support for the whole course and between individual components (P < 0.001).

Conclusions: A novel paediatric resuscitation course for medical students was developed and evaluated. This demonstrated significant objective improvements in student knowledge throughout the course, at course completion and at 8 month follow up. There were also significant subjective improvements in knowledge, confidence and ability to perform paediatric resuscitation.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate / organization & administration*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • New South Wales
  • Pediatrics / education*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Program Development*
  • Program Evaluation*
  • Resuscitation / education*
  • Students, Medical / psychology
  • Teaching / methods*