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PURPOSE: Klark is a novel online medical education tool ( where students take histories from virtual patients with common presentations from multiple specialities. We investigated whether Klark could enhance student confidence and competence in history-taking, and whether students find Klark helpful. METHODS: A single cohort of first-year clinical medical students had access to Klark for three weeks. At both ends of the trial, participants were asked to complete feedback forms and participate in two mock Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) history stations. Outcome measures included self-reported confidence and competence in history-taking, performance in OSCE stations, and qualitative user experience data. RESULTS: Seventy participants successfully completed a case on Klark (mean 18.7), of which 63 (90% user retention) completed  ≥ 2 cases. Self-reported competence (p 

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Journal article


Med Teach

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1 - 7


Teaching and Learning, communication skills, decision making, instructional design, learning outcomes, phase of education, simulation, undergraduate