But I’m too young!! “A case study of ovarian cancer”

Submitted by Anil Kapoor on

This clicker case study will be designed to use existing knowledge gained from class helping make connections between what they might consider separate concepts (chemistry, mitosis, genetics and cancer). This case study will allow student to plan and diagnose, treatment plan, analyze the results of the treatment plan and evaluate if this treatment plan would be ideal for this particular patient.

What I will assess: I will be assessing the comprehension of material to answer multiple choice questions assessing their knowledge of

  1. What does the histology of a tissue look like with a tumor
  2. What are the genes Brac 1/ Brac 2 due in cell cycle and cancer
  3. Treatment
  4. Make a decision based on the data? (Either continue on with the new intervention/strategy or try something different) based on future exams and test responses.

What they will gain:

  1. Taking the applications of learned material and applying it to a real world outcome
  2. Reading graphs and interpreting data
  3. Treatment plans based off of patient data

CATS results attached as word doc.

Completed Full Cycle
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ovariancancer.ppt 2.25 MB
cats-results-cancer.docx 13.01 KB
Average: 3.2 (5 votes)


Peter Turner Tue, 10/21/2014 - 11:51am

Anil, this looks like a classic Problem-Based Learning strategy. PBL is rich in history and in evidnece-based research. However, I'm a little unclear of the process. Do you deliver the Ppt in class? And then you check for students' understanding with the clickers? Are they in groups where they can discuss potential answers? That said, I like the innovative approach!

Anil Kapoor Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:56pm

We actually are going to do this next week and the ppt is going to be flipped and they have time to discuss the patients problems in class then answer the questions using clickers to do a self assessment. Once completed they will go to the CDC website and research diff. types of cancers in the Phoenix area.

Heather Muns Mon, 11/17/2014 - 1:25pm

Hi Anil,

This is a very interesting assignment.  I noticed that you had checked the box for completed full cycle. In order to have completed the cycle you should have a baseline set of data and then have something you have changed or improved upon when doing the activity a second time.  That way you can see it your changes made a difference in student learning.  Have you done this activity before?  What data are you comparing?  If not, I would say that this cycle is not complete at this point.  Let me know what you think.  Thanks!