Evaluation of a web-based portal to improve resident education by neonatology fellows

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Title: Evaluation of a web-based portal to improve resident education by neonatology fellows
Author: Lakshmanan, Ashwini; Leeman, Kristen T.; Brodsky, Dara; Parad, Richard

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Citation: Lakshmanan, Ashwini, Kristen T. Leeman, Dara Brodsky, and Richard Parad. 2014. “Evaluation of a web-based portal to improve resident education by neonatology fellows.” Medical Education Online 19 (1): 10.3402/meo.v19.24403. doi:10.3402/meo.v19.24403. http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/meo.v19.24403.
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Abstract: Background: Integration of web-based educational tools into medical training has been shown to increase accessibility of resources and optimize teaching. We developed a web-based educational portal (WBEP) to support teaching of pediatric residents about newborn medicine by neonatology fellows. Objectives: 1) To compare residents’ attitudes about their fellow-led education in the NICU pre- and post-WBEP; including assessment of factors that impact their education and usefulness of teaching tools. 2) To compare fellow utilization of various teaching modalities pre- and post-WBEP. Design/methods We queried residents about their attitudes regarding fellow-led education efforts and various teaching modalities in the NICU and logistics potentially impacting effectiveness. Based on these data, we introduced the WBEP – a repository of teaching tools (e.g., mock code cases, board review questions, journal articles, case-based discussion scenarios) for use by fellows to supplement didactic sessions in a faculty-based curriculum. We surveyed residents about the effectiveness of fellow teaching pre- and post-WBEP implementation and the type of fellow-led teaching modalities that were used. Results: After analysis of survey responses, we identified that residents cited fellow level of interest as the most important factor impacting their education. Post-implementation, residents described greater utilization of various teaching modalities by fellows, including an increase in use of mock codes (14% to 76%, p<0.0001) and journal articles (33% to 59%, p=0.02). Conclusions: A web-based resource that supplements traditional curricula led to greater utilization of various teaching modalities by fellows and may encourage fellow involvement in resident teaching.
Published Version: doi:10.3402/meo.v19.24403
Other Sources: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4110380/pdf/
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