In this episode I speak to Corné Postma from the University of Pretoria. We discuss his PhD research where he looked at the use of case-based learning to develop clinical reasoning in undergraduate Dentistry students. Corné used both quantitative and qualitative data to determine that students’ clinical reasoning ability improved after using a case-based approach to learning.
Corné is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dental Management Sciences, School of Dentistry, at the University of Pretoria. He is a specialist in Community Dentistry by training and his primary teaching responsibility lies in the domain of Comprehensive Patient Care, which includes patient communication, patient administration, clinical reasoning and patient management. He is also involved in developing other non-clinical skills such as self-awareness, ethics, professionalism, leadership, team work and health advocacy skills in dental students.
Corné has a very broad clinical research interest, which correlates with the generalist requirement of Comprehensive Patient Care. He has a particular affinity for health professions education research, which is closely linked to the development of different kinds of soft skills in students. His research outputs can be viewed on Google Scholar. Corné is a SAFRI (Sub-Saharan African Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research Regional Institute) as well as a TAU (Teaching Advancement at University) fellow.
Resources for this conversation
- Postma, T. C. & White, J. G. (2017). Socio-demographic and academic correlates of clinical reasoning in a dental school in South Africa. European Journal of Dental Education, 21: 58–65.
- Postma, T. C. &, J. G. (2015). Developing clinical reasoning in the classroom – analysis of the 4C/ID-model. European Journal of Dental Education, 19: 74–80.
- Postma, T. C. & White, J. G. (2017). Developing students’ clinical reasoning skills: correlates of perceived relevance of two teaching and learning approaches. European Journal of Dental Education, 21: 52–57.
- Postma, T. C. & White, J. G. (2016). Developing integrated clinical reasoning competencies in dental students using scaffolded case-based learning – empirical evidence. European Journal of Dental Education, 20: 180–188.
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