Introduction: Limited data exist about the educational value of students performing a case
based discussion (CbD) to a group of their peers. Aim: To evaluate the use of CbDs in a group format
as an alternative to one on one CbDs. Methods: Foundation year one (FY1) doctors were invited to
present a case that they had been involved in the care of to a group of their peers. The format would
involve discussing the case and relating it to current literature followed by questions posed by the lead
of the session first to the trainee then to the group. The trainees would then fill in a questionnaire
about the process. Results: 13 trainees participated in the exercise. All agreed that this assessment had
more educational value than the standard format of CbD. The most beneficial points about the experience were feedback,
researching the topic and learning from others’ experiences. All trainees agreed that this assessment should be introduced
into the foundation program. Conclusion: Presenting CbDs to a group could be educationally beneficial if added to the
current foundation program.
Keywords: Case based discussion, Foundation year programme, Medical education, Workplace based assessments.
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