Evaluation and Utilization of a Pediatric Internet Curriculum

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Background: In recent years, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and the Ambulatory Pediatric Association (APA) have developed detailed resident learning objectives and competencies. Maintaining adequate documentation that residents are fulfilling these objectives and competencies is a challenge. Objectives: To develop and evaluate use of an internet based curriculum, EPIC (East Tennessee Pediatric Internet Curriculum) to facilitate teaching and evaluation of the core competencies. Methods: Goals and content for the site were developed based on literature review and input from a pediatric internet committee. Resident internet-based learning is being evaluated using pre- and post- surveys over a six month period. Results: EPIC is a central location for residents to access information, including announcements, phone lists, and scheduling information. Educational content is organized around the six core competencies for resident education. For example, “Medical Knowledge”consists of a portfolio system developed for the ambulatory clinic. Portfolios include a checklist of pertinent information to be covered during a patient encounter and a related downloadable article to enhance resident knowledge. The section also includes links to other learning resources. An interactive discussion forum exists to facilitate discourse on medical and residency-related topics. Residents also complete online pre- and post- test questions during every clinical rotation and receive instant feedback on their responses. All 11 residents completed the pre-survey. Frequent or very frequent internet use was reported by 54% of residents to answer specific clinical questions and 45% of residents for general medical learning during the work day. Conclusion: Pediatric residents already utilize the internet to access medical information. EPIC accommodates residents’varying schedules and is a useful adjunct to other teaching and evaluation methods.


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