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RMJ. 2009; 34(1): 108-111

Beyond The Lecture Hall: Placing Noon Conference Lectures Online For Internal Medicine Resident Review

Omar S Khokhar, Jacqueline L Fischer, G Stephen Nace.

Objective: In our study in which didactic lecture material is uploaded to a resident-accessible website, we determine utilization patterns and satisfaction with this online resource.
Methods: Powerpoint materials used in the traditional “noon conference” lecture at a mid-sized, university-affiliated internal medicine residency program were uploaded to the residency’s unique website. To access online content, utilizers are asked (but not required) to complete both a pre- and post-access brief questionnaire.
Results: Overall, a group of 29 categorical medicine (IM) and 24 medicine/pediatric (MP) residents accessed the resource 1124 times. Pre- and post-access questionnaires were completed for 46% and 16% of the utilizations respectively. Most IM utilizers (51%) had already attended the lecture prior to accessing it whereas only 15% of the MP utilizers had done the same. Regardless of program, the most
commonly listed reason for online utilization was, “Unable to attend the lecture but wanted to review content.” Most respondents (67%) accessed the resource from home.
Conclusion: The resource was used extensively by both IM and MP residents for review and study purposes. It was commonly utilized from home, was likely to be used again, was felt to be userfriendly, and received high satisfaction scores. We suggest that making didactic noon conference lectures available for online review is a worthwhile endeavor for medicine (IM and MP) training programs. (Rawal Med J 2009;34:108-111).

Key words: Resident education, internet-based learning

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