This educational resource is a series of five interactive problem-based cases that focus on the management of patients presenting with cancers of the female reproductive tract (cancer of the cervix, endometrium, vulva, ovary and gestational trophoblastic disease). Each case was originally designed to be used in an academic half-day 3 hours in length and facilitated by a content expert. However, the cases can be used by learners independently or in a group. Questions in the cases facilitate the diagnostic and clinical reasoning skills of residents. Ideally the cases can be enhanced by adding appropriate clinical, histology, and pathology images. The cases were designed and delivered as part of a medical education research project analyzing what type of learning was taking place in the protected time set aside for resident learning. Prior to the introduction of these cases, the formats of the educational sessions were primarily didactic (PowerPoint presentations). Although residents reported enjoying these sessions, they did not prepare for them, interact during them, or reflect on them. After these academic sessions were changed to case-based discussion, the residents uniformly reported a significant increase in self-directed study behaviors before, during, and after the sessions.
By the end of these cases, learners will be able to apply clinical reasoning skills to appropriately diagnose, counsel, and treat women presenting with symptoms and signs secondary to a gynecological cancer.
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Oral presentation at: Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Meeting; 2007.
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