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Table 3 Student Evaluation of Course

From: Development and implementation of an herbal and natural product elective in undergraduate medical education

  2009 Mean (±SD) 2010 Mean (±SD) 2011 Mean (±SD) Cumulative Years Mean (±SD)
Course Provided Definitions, Theory, History of Alternative Health Systems 4.8 (0.45) 4.7 (0.71) 4.9 (0.33) 4.8 (0.48)
As a result of this course, I know Clinical Efficacy of H/NP 4.6 (0.89) 4.6 (0.73) 5 (0) 4.7 (0.59)
As a result of this course, I know Adverse Events associated with common H/NP 4.4 (0.55) 4.4 (1.01) 4.7 (0.50) 4.5 (0.70)
As a result of this course, I know the status of current H/NP Research 4.4 (0.55) 4.4 (0.73) 4.8 (0.44) 4.6 (0.58)
As a result of this course, I can findEBM H/NP
Information
4.6 (0.89) 4.9 (0.33) 4.8 (0.44) 4.8 (0.48)
As a result of this course, I am able to confidently Recommend or Dissuade use of H/NP, given a particular patient situation 4.0 (0) 4.4 (0.73) 4.6 (0.52) 4.4 (0.57)
Guest Lecturers Were Valuable 4.6 (0.89) 4.6 (0.88) 3.9 (0.92) 4.3 (0.89)
Experiential Afternoons Were Valuable 4.2 (0.84) 4.2 (0.67) 3.9 (1.17) 4.1 (0.83)
NMCD Was Valuable 4.6 (0.89) 4.9 (0.33) 4.7 (0.71) 4.7 (0.58)
Course was Relevant to Practice of Medicine NA 4.4 (0.53) 4.8 (0.44) 4.6 (0.50)
Course Encouraged Critical Thinking NA 4.4 (0.53) 4.9 (0.33) 4.7 (0.49)
Rating of Overall Course Design NA 4.7 (0.50) 4.7 (0.50) 4.7 (0.49)
Rating of Overall Course Quality NA 4.7 (0.71) 4.6 (0.53) 4.6 (0.61)
  1. NA, not asked; NMCD, Natural Medicine Comprehensive Database; H/NP, herbal and natural products; EBM, evidence-based medicine
  2. Mean (±SD) student responses are based upon a 5 point scale. Scale anchors for questions pertaining to overall course quality, relevance to medical practice, course design, and encouragement of critical thinking are: 1 = Less Satisfactory, 5 = More Satisfactory. Scale anchors for questions pertaining to student level of agreement with statements relating to skills learned from the course and value of course components are: 1 = Disagree, 5 = Agree.