Ascites Module for Third-Year Medical Students: Group-Based Learning Workshop on the Diagnosis, Workup, and Management of Ascites

Jorge Corona, Akit Patel, Rosita Frazier, Neha Mathur, Christopher Stauch, Adewale Ajumobi, Sarah Lapey, Tisha Lunsford, Isela Poy

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Introduction: As medical students transition from didactic courses to clinical rotations, they will frequently encounter patients with cirrhosis and ascites. It is paramount that they have a firm foundation of how to diagnose ascites and perform a proper diagnostic workup in order to understand the etiology and therefore the proper management. This module is designed as a group-based, interactive learning workshop for those transitioning students. Methods: The session begins with the students obtaining a pertinent history of a standardized patient case. The students are then divided into four groups and rotate through four stations: physical examination, diagnostic studies, paracentesis, and ascitic fluid analysis. Each station is designed for up to 10-12 students and typically lasts 20 minutes. After all of the students have rotated through each station, they reconvene to review ascites management, case conclusions, and summary. The total time allocated for this module is 125 minutes for 40-48 students. Results: Postmodule evaluations by the students showed a high level of satisfaction and improvement in the students' fund of knowledge and clinical skills. Evaluations completed by the students after each workshop revealed more than 95% either agreeing or strongly agreeing with the learning objectives being clear, the learning materials being effective, overall satisfaction with the learning material and teaching, and having a better understanding of the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of ascites. Discussion: Through this team-based interactive module, students obtain clinical and hands-on experience that better prepares them for their clinical rotations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10546
Number of pages1
JournalMedEdPORTAL : the journal of teaching and learning resources
StatePublished - Feb 23 2017


  • Ascites
  • Ascites Management
  • Ascites-Associated Pathology
  • Ascitic Fluid Analysis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Diagnostic Workup
  • Fibrosis
  • Medical Student
  • Paracentesis
  • Physical Exam

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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