Medical Parasitology Course Development Over 25 Years
Oxford University Press
Modifications in teaching methods and the learning environment in the laboratory component of a medical parasitology course resulted in significant changes in student performance as measured by practical examination. Mean scores from 745 students improved from 75.8% at the inception of the course to 92% at the end of the 25-year period studied. A retention study, conducted over a six-year period, revealed an average retention rate of 57% one year after the course was completed. Although this retention rate was not significantly different from the rate found in other studies in which retention of factual material was measured, it suggests that the students retain enough knowledge to complete the clinical parasitology course.