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12.08.2016 | Ausgabe 1/2018

Journal of Cancer Education 1/2018

Integrating Collaborative Learning and Competition in a Hematology/Oncology Training Program

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Journal of Cancer Education > Ausgabe 1/2018
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Issam Makhoul, Pooja Motwani, Liudmila Schafer, Konstantinos Arnaoutakis, Fade Mahmoud, Mazin Safar, Dorothy Graves, Paulette Mehta, Rang Govindarajan, Laura Hutchins, Carol Thrush
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Abstract

New educational methods and structures to improve medical education are needed to face the challenge of an exponential increase and complexity of medical knowledge. Collaborative learning has been increasingly used in education, but its use in medical training programs is in its infancy, and its impact is still unknown; the role of competition in education is more controversial. We introduced these pedagogical methods to the hematology/oncology fellowship program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to improve attendance and performance at didactic activities and different educational outcomes. One year after the adoption of these methods, the fellowship program has reached many of the expected goals from this intervention without the negative consequences of competition observed in younger learners. The most important conclusion of this project is that collaboration and cross-generational team work provide a healthy and effective learning environment and competition may not add further benefit. Analysis, interpretation, and discussion of our experience are provided. This study was approved by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences IRB as a low risk educational intervention not requiring a consent form.

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