Increasing medical student exposure to musculoskeletal medicine: The initial impact of the orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine interest group

Dayne T. Mickelson, Philip K. Louie, Kenneth R. Gundle, Alex W. Farnand, Douglas P. Hanel

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Abstract

Purpose: To investigate the impact of the Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Interest Group (OSSMIG) on medical student interest and confidence in core musculoskeletal (MSK) concepts through supplemental education and experiences at a single tertiary, academic institution. Methods: Medical student OSSMIG members at various levels of training were anonymously surveyed at the beginning and end of the 2014–2015 academic year. Results: Eighteen (N=18) medical student interest group members completed the survey. Significant improvement in their level of training was observed with regard to respondents’ self-assessed competence and confidence in MSK medicine (p<0.05). Additionally, respondents’ attitudes toward exposure and support from the interest group were significantly higher than those provided by the institution (p<0.05). Members believed OSSMIG increased interest in MSK medicine, improved confidence in their ability to perform orthopedics-related physical exams, strengthened mentorship with residents and attendings, and developed a connection with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and its residents (median “Strongly Agree”, interquartile range one and two scale items). Conclusion: Since its inception 8 years ago, OSSMIG has been well received and has positively impacted University of Washington School of Medicine students through various interventions. Surgical interest groups should target both the students interested in primary care and surgery. Medical schools can provide additional exposure to MSK medicine by leveraging interest groups that provide early clinical experiences and supplementary instruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)551-558
Number of pages8
JournalAdvances in Medical Education and Practice
Volume8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Medical education
  • Musculoskeletal education
  • Student teaching
  • Supplemental experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Medicine(all)

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