The medical exhibition seminar

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Our aim was to develop, introduce and evaluate a new clinical interdisciplinary teaching and learning activity (TLA) using modern pedagogical principles.


All fourth-year students at the clinical course in basic surgery at Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge participated. Fifteen urological and 15 colorectal pictures were presented. All pictures had a correlating statement on a sheet. The assignment was to correlate each picture with the best possible statement. Peer as well as teacher discussions were permitted. A facilitated discussion about the pictures followed. Evaluation was performed by questionnaire. The final examination results of the course were analysed.


Over 80 per cent of the medical students evaluated the seminar (n = 199). The general opinion of the TLA was 8.79 on a 10-point graded visual digital scale (1, bad; 10, excellent). The student self-assessed level of enjoyment and of the activity was 9.0 and 8.5, respectively. Nine out of 10 students rated the Medical Exhibition Seminar ‘as good as’ (24%) or ‘better than’ (64%) traditional lecturing, and 73 and 63 per cent, respectively, rated it ‘as good as’ or ‘better than’ case method teaching (case) and problem-based learning (PBL). The method did not change the final examination results.


Medical Exhibition Seminar teaching is a learner-centred and problem-based teaching method that should be included in our pedagogical toolbox. It is designed to be an effective, efficient and modern pedagogical tool suitable for our modern health care system.

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