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“Meet the Expert Interviews,” an Integrative Learning Experience for Microbiology and Anatomy & Physiology Undergraduate Students

    Authors: Barbara D. Davis1,*, Mary Flannery1, Marty Lowe1, Jeannie S. Payne1
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    Affiliations: 1: Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ 07652
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    • Published 01 May 2014
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    • *Corresponding author. Mailing address: Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ 07652. Phone: 201-612-5558. Fax: 201-612-3876. E-mail: bdavis@bergen.edu.
    • ©2014 Author(s). Published by the American Society for Microbiology.
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. May 2014 vol. 15 no. 1 33-35. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v15i1.640
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    Abstract:

    An important goal of higher education is to encourage students to integrate learning and apply skills to different situations. In the “Meet the Expert Interviews” students interviewed authors of research papers on Shiga Toxin Producing E. coli (STEC) outbreaks. Students attended seminars, analyzed STEC publications, created questions, and interviewed authors. We hypothesized that the project would enhance student understanding of STEC and encourage students to integrate and apply information to real world problems.

    The project was assessed by student surveys. The majority of 129 students surveyed agreed or strongly agreed that the seminar enhanced their understanding of E.coli transmission, diagnosis, and treatment; that the interview enhanced their understanding of epidemiology; and made them more aware of the steps involved in determining the cause of the outbreak. The project was engaging for students and faculty and provided a unique way for professional outreach to biology students. The project is an innovative example of an integrative method to enhance student learning and interaction with microbiology and epidemiology professionals.

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1. Clark WF, et al 2010 Long term risk for hypertension, renal impairment, and cardiovascular disease after gastroenteritis from drinking water contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7: a prospective cohort study Br. Med. J 341 7782 1089 10.1136/bmj.c6020 http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6020
2. Davis BD, Flannery M, Payne J 2012 A webinar case study by a clinical microbiologist to microbiology and physiology students: an integrative learning experience J Microbiol Biol Educ 13 91 93 10.1128/jmbe.v13i1.385 23653796 3577272 http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/jmbe.v13i1.385
3. Frank C, et al 2011 Epidemic profile of Shiga-toxin– producing Escherichia coli O104:H4 outbreak in Germany N. Engl. J. Med 365 19 1771 1780 10.1056/NEJMoa1106483 21696328 http://dx.doi.org/10.1056/NEJMoa1106483
4. Neil KP, et al 2012 A novel vehicle for transmission of Escherichia coli O157:H7 to humans: multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections associated with consumption of ready-to-bake commercial prepackaged cookie dough – United States, 2009 Clin. Infect. Dis 54 4 511 10.1093/cid/cir831 http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cid/cir831
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Abstract:

An important goal of higher education is to encourage students to integrate learning and apply skills to different situations. In the “Meet the Expert Interviews” students interviewed authors of research papers on Shiga Toxin Producing E. coli (STEC) outbreaks. Students attended seminars, analyzed STEC publications, created questions, and interviewed authors. We hypothesized that the project would enhance student understanding of STEC and encourage students to integrate and apply information to real world problems.

The project was assessed by student surveys. The majority of 129 students surveyed agreed or strongly agreed that the seminar enhanced their understanding of E.coli transmission, diagnosis, and treatment; that the interview enhanced their understanding of epidemiology; and made them more aware of the steps involved in determining the cause of the outbreak. The project was engaging for students and faculty and provided a unique way for professional outreach to biology students. The project is an innovative example of an integrative method to enhance student learning and interaction with microbiology and epidemiology professionals.

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Fall 2011: German O104:H4 outbreak.

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Fall 2012: Long-term risks of infection.

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Spring 2013: STEC in cookie dough.

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