The Cyber Classroom (CC) is an internet message board that allows you to have an ongoing tutorial experience, expand on what you learn from the WISE-MD video series and incorporate your clinical experiences. Additionally, it is a chance for you to learn from the experiences and insights of your peers. Our goal is to foster collaborative learning and to gain insight into your ability to think through a problem. You are expected to participate actively in the discussion. This participation may take the form of:
• Addressing the group or an individual by name
• "Thinking aloud" and providing a rationale
• Backing up questions and assertions with clinical evidence
• Critically and respectfully analyzing the content, expectations and beliefs of colleagues
• Posting questions and assertions
Each week one of your tutorial colleagues is designated as the group leader. She/he should post a presenting complaint of a current patient as the first entry for that week. The other students should comment on how to approach the evaluation of the chief complaint by indicating what history should be asked, what tests ordered, what imaging would be useful, etc. Several days later, the group leader should post the key lab and imaging findings. The students should then post their suggestions for a complete differential diagnosis, how they intend to hone in on this diagnosis, what operation should be performed, the key parts of the operation and what postoperative complications are associated with the specific procedure. At the subsequent Tutorial session, the designated summarizer should spend 15-20 minutes reviewing the cyber classroom posts regarding the case.
All previous cyber classroom discussions will be archived for your review during the clerkship. Access to participation in the classroom will be limited to students that are currently registered for the surgical clerkship.