A tick removal procedural skills lesson: program development and evaluation
Objective: To describe a recently developed tick removal procedural skills course and to assess its effectivity by analyzing students’ written feedbacks and their Objectively Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) results.
Methods: The second year students (n=145, 99.0%) in Ondokuz Mayıs University Medical School attended to a newly developed tick removal procedural skills training by using tick model kits produced by ourselves. Taking account of students’ first written feedback, (n=112, 76.1%) we revised the tick model kits in order to provide a more realistic simulation. Students tried to remove ticks again during the review session of procedural skills training scheduled before end of year OSCE (n=102, 69.3%). The results of two written feedback were compared and OSCE results were analyzed.
Results: The second version of the procedural skills course was superior (p<0.016), more realistic and more appropriate (p<0.001) when compared with the first one according to general rating. The usefulness of the skill (p<0.001) and confidence to perform the skill (p=0.02) were found higher in the revised version. The students mean OSCE score was 9.55±0.59 (min=7, max=10).
Conclusions: This is a promising procedural skills course for pre- and post-graduate students to increase their skills for tick removal from body parts.