Motivating medical students by utilizing dermatology-oriented online quizzes.

Title

Motivating medical students by utilizing dermatology-oriented online quizzes.

Creator

Kunzler Elaine; Graham Jacqueline; Mostow Eliot

Publisher

Dermatology online journal

Date

2016
2016-06

Description

BACKGROUND: Online quiz competitions can facilitate extra-classroom interactions between faculty and medical students. Owing to decreased class attendance nationwide, teaching faculty might revamp their approach to medical education by providing online resources and methods for communication. OBJECTIVE: To explore if the use of online quizzes and social media can result in improved interactions between faculty and students. METHODS: A pilot study conducted from April 7th, 2015 to June 11th, 2015 at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) among participants from the second year medical school class. Ten one-question quizzes created using Google Forms were announced over Twitter and email at the rate of one quiz per week. The first correct responder of each quiz chose a five-dollar coffee shop gift card, movie ticket, or a meeting with a NEOMED faculty person as their prize. RESULTS: An average of 23.8% of the second year medical student class at NEOMED participated per quiz. A total of 80 individuals (55.9%) submitted 340 responses during the competition. LIMITATIONS: This is a single-center study with a limited sample size. CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE: This study presents a process evaluation for the use of online quiz competitions amongst medical students. Optional online quizzes with small incentives may foster motivational competition among medical students, increase online interactions with faculty, and serve as study material for exams.

Subject

Humans; Pilot Projects; *Internet; *Motivation; *Social Media; Dermatology/*education; Educational Measurement; Students; Education; Faculty; Medical; Undergraduate/*methods

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Issue

6

Volume

22

Citation

Kunzler Elaine; Graham Jacqueline; Mostow Eliot, “Motivating medical students by utilizing dermatology-oriented online quizzes.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed January 20, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/5493.

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