A Case Study of Dementia: Self-Learning Module (Out of Print)

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9174 May 18, 2012 1


The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) standards mandate that medical schools identify clinical conditions that students must experience during required clerkships. If a given clerkship site is unable to provide one or more of the required clinical experiences, it is permissible to provide an alternative clinical experience such as a simulated or case-based alternative that parallels the level of student involvement (for example, observation vs. participation in management decisions) specified for the condition.

Self-learning modules (SLMs) have the potential to improve understanding, facilitate learning, and possibly improve medical students’ test performance. With appropriate design and software, SLMs also provide many of the advantages of educational technology detailed by the Association of American Medical Colleges: safe, controlled environment that eliminates risks to patients; enhanced, realistic visualization; authentic contexts for learning and assessment; documentation of learner outcomes; learner control of the educational experience; uncoupling of instruction from place and time; standardization of instruction and assessment; perpetual resources and new economies of scale.

The multi-institutional development and use of online interactive SLMs utilizing patient simulations to assist in teaching the core curriculum of a clerkship has been successful in Pediatrics (the CLIPP Project). For Psychiatry, the new Clinical Simulation (CSI) in Psychiatry for Medical Students is a collaborative, multi-institutional effort to develop web-based SLMs with a consistent pedagogical approach and peer-review. The eventual goal is to provide a free national database with comprehensive coverage of the Psychopathology and Psychiatric Disorders addressed in the Clinical Learning Objectives Guide for Psychiatry Education of Medical Students endorsed by the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP) membership. CSI hopes to publish its series of SLMs on MedEdPORTAL, and its uses could include provision of alternative clinical experiences for third year medical students who do not encounter certain required clinical conditions during their core Psychiatry clerkship. These SLMs are not meant to replace actual clinical experience but, rather, to provide a meaningful learning experience if the ideal of direct exposure to the desired clinical condition is not possible.

In late 2011 CSI plans to submit up to 5 modules to MedEdPORTAL: Dementia with Depression and Delirium Comorbidities; Adolescent Depression; Somatization Disorder; Bipolar I Disorder; and the Psychiatric Interview. The CSI module currently being submitted to MedEdPORTAL is "Dementia with Depression and Delirium Comorbidites". Rather than providing a comprehensive didactic on dementia, this SLM is intended as a clinical application exercise after student completion of the recommended readings, thereby providing e for an “alternative clinical experience” for third year medical students who do not encounter a patient with dementia and comorbidities during their Psychiatry clerkship.

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Klapheke M. A Case Study of Dementia: Self-Learning Module (Out of Print). MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2012. Available from: https://www.mededportal.org/publication/9174   http://dx.doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9174

Contains time-sensitive information that will likely be inaccurate, obsolete, or irrelevant by April 08, 2015

Educational Objectives

  1. To describe the evaluation of cognitive dysfunction.
  2. To formulate a treatment plan for a patient with dementia that includes support of caregivers and monitoring of safety issues.


  • Dementia (MeSH), Delirium (MeSH), Major Depressive Disorder (MeSH), Memory, Cognitive Dysfunction, ADMSEP Clinical Simulation


  • Medical
    • Psychiatry
      • Geriatric Psychiatry
      • Psychosomatic Medicine


  • Knowledge for Practice
  • Patient Care

Professional Interest

  • Cognition, Human Learning & Problem Solving

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Learning

Organ Systems

  • Nervous system

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Medical Student
  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training
    • Fellow
    • Resident


  • Multimedia

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