The purpose of this research is to ascertain the effectiveness of using the e-learning method for a module in pediatric clerkship at the [redacted name] University Hospital, Karachi. The fourth-year undergraduate medical students, who rotates for eight weeks in Pediatric clerkship, participated in this study. It was a sequential (Quantitative-Qualitative) mixed-method study, which was conducted from May-August 2020. Students were divided according to their status of in-person rotation (Novice, Semi-expert, Expert). The quantitative component of the study consisted of pre and post-tests and pre-validated post-session feedback., while focused-group discussions were done to explore students’ experiences. SPSS version 20.0 was used for quantitative data while qualitative data underwent content analysis. Fifty-nine participants (68.8%) were female. The intervention batch comprised of 102 students (41 Novice (40.2%), 21 Semi-expert (19.6%), and 40 Expert (39.2%)). Using paired t-test analysis between pre and post-test scores of each session, it was discerned that there was indeed a positive effect on knowledge acquisition during each session, depicted by the improvement in test scores. The Semi-expert and Expert groups were merged for analysis. The Novice group was found to be statistically significant for only the common newborn problem session. The qualitative component explored students' views, and three main themes emerged, i.e., the effectiveness of online learning, barriers and challenges to online learning, and future goals to enhance online learning. In conclusion, E-learning is an effective way of continuing the process of delivering medical education, especially in unprecedented times. Technological enhancements will help carry the impact forward as a blended-learning pedagogical approach in undergraduate medical education.
- clinical education
- medical education