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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Team-Based Learning

Published: June 3, 2015 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10110

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  • Instructor's Guide.pdf
  • TBL Module.pdf
  • iRAT tRAT.pdf
  • Application Exercise.pdf
  • PowerPoint Template.pptx

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Introduction: Team-based learning (TBL) modules are essential components of our preclinical curriculum. This TBL module was developed to serve as an experiential exercise enabling first-year medical students to apply foundational concepts related to hemoglobin structure/function and acid-base balance to the pathophysiology of carbon monoxide poisoning. Methods: As with other TBL modules, students must first complete an advance-preparation reading assignment before attending the module. The module itself takes approximately 2 hours: 17 minutes for the Readiness Assurance phase (individual Readiness Assurance Test: 7.75 minutes, team Readiness Assurance Test: 9.25 minutes), 5-10 minutes for an intersession, and 90 minutes for the Application of Concepts phase. Results: Assessment outcomes are provided for each year of administration on a question-by-question basis in the appendix file entitled TBL Module.pdf. Discussion: This resource is directed primarily at preclerkship medical students and other health care professions students at comparable early levels of training. We have run the module for the past 4 years, the first three times near the end of the M1 fall semester in our Biomedical Foundations of Clinical Practice 2 course and the fourth time near the beginning of the M1 winter semester in our Heme/Lymph organ system course.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this team-based learning module, learners will be able to:

  1. Review the effects of carbon monoxide on binding and release of oxygen from hemoglobin.
  2. Discuss pathophysiological mechanisms of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  3. Explain how carbon monoxide poisoning can result in acid-base imbalance.
  4. Apply clinical presentation and laboratory test results to the diagnosis and initial management of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  5. Participate in the team-based learning activity in a professional and respectful manner.

Author Information

  • David Rodenbaugh, PhD: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
  • Dawn Jung, MD: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
  • Robert Augustyniak, PhD: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Richard Sabina, PhD: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

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Rodenbaugh D, Jung D, Augustyniak R, Sabina R. Carbon monoxide poisoning team-based learning. MedEdPORTAL. 2015;11:10110. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10110