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Abstract Details

Enhancing medical student interest in careers in the clinical neurosciences through a hands-on procedure workshop
Education, Research, and Methodology
S34 - Research Methodology and Education (2:00 PM-2:12 PM)

Preclinical medical education is where many medical students lay the foundation for specialty interests, and at some medical schools it may be their only direct exposure to neurology and neurosurgery. Additionally, students often possess stigmatizing beliefs towards these specialties. Providing preclinical students with exposure to the unique aspects of clinical neuroscience such as procedures is a possible avenue for increasing student interest.

To assess the utility of a hands-on workshop to increase student interest in the clinical neurosciences.

We organized a hands-on procedure workshop for preclinical medical students to learn procedures and exam skills used by adult/pediatric neurologists, neurosurgeons and psychiatrists. Twelve different stations were run by faculty, trainees, and technicians. Attendance was optional. Most stations involved some brief education and time for students to practice or take part in the procedure. Attendees completed a survey on their interest in the relevant specialties before and after the workshop, and the helpfulness of each station in understanding the procedure. Statistical analyses were performed on the survey responses to determine change in specialty interest resulting from the workshop.

111 students attended the workshop, and 104 (94%) filled out the post-survey. Approximately 41% of the second-year class attended. There was an increase in student interest in the clinical neurosciences by Fisher’s exact test (p<0.0001). Specifically, 33 attendees (32%) reported an increased interest in the specialties from the workshop. Interestingly, 82% (18/22) of the students who reported previously having no interest in the specialties reported an increased interest as a result of the workshop.

Overall, the workshop improved medical student interest in the clinical neurosciences. Although its impact on future specialty choice is unclear, enjoyable preclinical experiences such as a procedure workshop may be a useful addition to medical school curricula to foster interest in neurology and the clinical neurosciences.
Collin Sanderson (Mayo Clinic Arizona)
Mr. Sanderson has nothing to disclose.
Khadijah Mazhar Ms. Mazhar has nothing to disclose.
Hina Dave (University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston) Dr. Dave has nothing to disclose.