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Perspectives on Medical Education 3/2017

The use of theatre in medical education in the emergency cases school: an appealing and widely accessible way of learning

Perspectives on Medical Education > Uitgave 3/2017
Christodoulos Keskinis, Vasileios Bafitis, Panagiota Karailidou, Christina Pagonidou, Panteleimon Pantelidis, Alexandros Rampotas, Michail Sideris, Georgios Tsoulfas, Dimitrios Stakos



Theatre models in medical education have been used worldwide in order to train medical students and graduates in managing various situations. However, the literature reports little regarding its appeal to trainees. We conducted a medical seminar, entitled Emergency Cases School, which employed such techniques. Actors simulated the actions of doctors and patients involved in various emergency cases, in front of a large audience, in a specially modified theatre hall which resembled the emergency room environment.


A total of 303 undergraduate medical students participated in the seminar. The audience evaluated the course with the DREEM questionnaire, along with two extra questions: Q1. ‘Do you think that the course will prove itself beneficial to your clinical skills?’ and Q2. ‘Would you suggest the course to another student?’, in a 0–4 scoring scale. Of the attendees, 281 (92.7%) answered the questionnaire.


The overall DREEM score was 140.32 (±23.39) out of 150, which is interpreted as ‘More positive than negative’. The results of Q1 and Q2 were 3.07 (±0.78) and 3.65 (±0.61), respectively.


The Emergency Cases School received positive feedback as a theatre educational tool, targeted to a large audience. With the advantage of the realistic setting of an emergency room, along with its low-budget needs, this course model could function as a creative alternative of the more traditional lecturing teaching techniques.
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