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Learning echocardiography- what are the challenges and what may favour learning? A qualitative study.
Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Biomedical Science (BMV).
Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Care Science (VV).ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0077-9061
Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Care Science (VV).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2863-1141
2019 (English)In: BMC Medical Education, E-ISSN 1472-6920, Vol. 19, no 1, article id 212Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background: Echocardiography is a frequently used imaging modality requiring extensive training to master. In order to develop curriculums and teaching material fully favouring students learning within echocardiography, this study aims to investigate students’ experiences of learning echocardiography, focusing on that which is perceived as the main challenges as well as what might aid learning within the area. The findings could serve as a foundation in the development of new teaching material or curriculums. Methods: A qualitative study was performed with data gathered through two audio-recorded focus group interviews with four third year students from the biomedical laboratory programme at Malmö University in each group. Data was analysed by manifest content analysis. Results: Findings were clustered into two categories reflecting the main findings in the text – practical skills and bridging the theory-practice-gap. Students expressed that main challenges when initially learning echocardiography were the projections and handling the probe as well as connecting ultrasound physics and measurements to practical application. Things that aided their learning were immediate feedback, “playing” with the ultrasound machine, video lectures, the possibility to swiftly alternate between practice and theory as well as the learning by their mistakes in a risk-free environment. Conclusions: This study shows the main challenges when initially learning echocardiography and what might be helpful during the learning process. These findings may be useful when developing curriculums or new teaching material within echocardiography. One suggestion might be to develop digital resources such as virtual laboratories (vLABs).

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BioMed Central (BMC), 2019. Vol. 19, no 1, article id 212
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Echocardiography, Feedback, Pedagogy, Teaching, Theory-practice-gap, vLAB
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-14652DOI: 10.1186/s12909-019-1656-1ISI: 000471630600014PubMedID: 31196099Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85067294309Local ID: 29348OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-14652DiVA, id: diva2:1418173
Available from: 2020-03-30 Created: 2020-03-30 Last updated: 2024-03-27Bibliographically approved

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