Presentation and evaluation of the teaching concept "ENHANCE" for basic sciences in medical education

PLoS One. 2020 Sep 29;15(9):e0239928. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0239928. eCollection 2020.


A solid understanding of basic sciences is a prerequisite for successful completion of medical education. Therefore, it is essential to improve the quality of teaching and to ensure the applicability of basic sciences. Based on practical experiences and previous research, we developed an innovative step-by-step concept, called ENHANCE, for the implementation or revision of teaching units, especially for basic sciences. We used comparative self-assessment gains, a questionnaire to assess teaching quality as well as end-of-semester evaluations (students' satisfaction and open-ended questions) to evaluate the ENHANCE concept. It was found that ENHANCE-based teaching units were related to increased students' satisfaction, high attendance rates and that restructuring the course curriculum yielded in a positive assessment of teaching effectiveness. The revised courses were rated as the very best of all classes in several semesters. Qualitative data showed that students particularly appreciated the level of comprehension and how helpful the courses were for the understanding and preparation of the regular curriculum.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Education, Medical / methods*
  • Education, Medical / standards
  • Humans
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Quality Improvement
  • Science / education*
  • Teaching / standards*

Associated data

  • figshare/10.6084/m9.figshare.12251195.v1

Grant support

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), funding code 01PL17033. The funder had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.