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Education Research: Evaluating the use of podcasting for residents during EEG instruction: A pilot study.
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PMID:  21860003     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: Educational methods for residents are shifting toward greater learner independence aided by technological advances. A Web-based program using a podcast was created for resident EEG instruction, replacing conventional didactics. The EEG curriculum also consisted of EEG interpretations under the tutelage of a neurophysiologist. This pilot study aimed to objectively evaluate the effectiveness of the podcast as a new teaching tool.
METHODS: A podcast for resident EEG instruction was implemented on the Web, replacing the traditional lecture. After Institutional Review Board approval, consent was obtained from the participating residents. Using 25-question evaluation tools, participants were assessed at baseline before any EEG instruction, and reassessed after podcasting and after 10 clinical EEG exposures. Each 25-item evaluation tool contained tracings used for clinical EEG interpretations. Scores after podcast training were also compared to scores after traditional didactic training from a previous study among anesthesiology trainees.
RESULTS: Ten anesthesiology residents completed the study. The mean scores with standard deviations are 9.50 ± 2.92 at baseline, 13.40 ± 3.31 (p = 0.034) after the podcast, and 16.20 ± 1.87 (p = 0.019) after interpreting 10 EEGs. No differences were noted between the mean educational tool scores for those who underwent podcasting training compared to those who had undergone traditional didactic training.
CONCLUSION: In this pilot study, podcast training was as effective as the prior conventional lecture in meeting the curricular goals of increasing EEG knowledge after 10 EEG interpretations as measured by assessment tools. Neurology® 2011;77:e42-e44.
Meriem Bensalem-Owen; Destiny F Chau; Sean C Sardam; Brenda G Fahy
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurology     Volume:  77     ISSN:  1526-632X     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurology     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-08-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401060     Medline TA:  Neurology     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e42-4     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky, 800 Rose Street, Room N-204A, Lexington, KY 40536
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