CyberSurgeons Scores with Teachers, Students

CyberSurgeons™, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is a comprehensive educational package designed to teach anatomy and physiology and translational science to high school science students. In 2011 the CyberSurgeons team completed the summative evaluation for the simulation project and continued work on the case-based learning modules, career directory, and collaboration with other NIH SEPA (Science Education Partnership Award) partners.

After extensive analysis of more than 1,000 student responses, positive gains were found in all four domains tested: content knowledge, critical thinking/problem-solving, collaboration/communication, and personal attributes. The highest gain was in content knowledge. Teacher responses were also analyzed. Teachers reported widespread agreement regarding the effectiveness of the simulation in teaching human anatomy, increasing student career interest in medical professions, and increased awareness of clinical trials.
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