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Novel Board Game versus Active Case-Based Discussion to Teach Final-Year Veterinary Students the Diagnostic Approach to Clinical Cases

J Vet Med Educ. 2022 Sep 1:e20210016. doi: 10.3138/jvme-2021-0016. Online ahead of print.


Traditional lectures, where students listen passively, often do not reflect the complexity of real-life decision-making situations. Furthermore, modern students are using online devices for daily activities, and this has a challenging side effect for educators, as many people these days can only maintain their focus if topics are discussed in concise and engaging ways. For these reasons, there is growing interest in the use of games for educational purposes. The aim of this study was to introduce a board game based on the Clue game for final-year veterinary students during their practical activity in large animal medicine. This type of learning process was compared with a classical case-based discussion and evaluated via a survey delivered to the students to both test their acquired knowledge and obtain their evaluation of the activity. A total of 49 students were enrolled in this study. While the board game was evaluated significatively better than the traditional class, no statistically significant differences were observed for the answers given to questions assessing their veterinary skills. The proposed game requires few resources other than a case-based visual materials and analyses from clinical patients, a board, two dice, and some imagination to create cases at the appropriate level for students’ knowledge. We conclude that this board game-based activity represents innovative techniques to teach clinical approaches in an interactive way with the same utility as a traditional class but is more enjoyable for the students.

PMID:36049070 | DOI:10.3138/jvme-2021-0016

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