The purpose of this study is to determine if utilizing CLIPP (Computer-Assisted Learning
Pediatrics Program) cases in the pediatric clerkship will standardize students' exposure to
essential pediatric conditions and enhance their learning experience.
The Computer-Assisted Learning Pediatrics Program was developed by members of the Council on
Medical Student Medical Education (COMSEP) and has been very well received by both medical
students and faculty. The program is a comprehensive Internet-based learning method
designed for use by third year medical students during their pediatric rotation. More than
80 medical schools in the US and Canada have been successfully using the CLIPP cases with an
estimated 3000 to 4000 cases being reviewed by students weekly. All third year medical
students will be required to complete specific cases, based on gaps identified through
review of prior student contact logs. Using the students' own patient contact logs, they
will also be strongly encouraged to complete any cases for which they have not met the
clerkship requirement. Students will be allowed to complete any other cases they choose.
The study proposes that by utilizing CLIPP cases in the pediatric rotation, student exposure
to essential pediatric conditions will increase, thereby increasing retention of knowledge
and increasing their performance on end of clerkship OSCEs (Observed Structured Clinical
Exam) and on NBME Pediatric Subject Exam (shelf exam).
- all third year medical students will be required to complete a specific number of
CLIPP cases as part of their pediatric rotation.