Evaluation of Challenger® as an OB/GYN Residency Self-learning Tool

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Challenger® is a commercially available on-line educational package, which offers focused readings on a variety of OB/GYN topics with self-assessments tests. It was utilized during the night float block to comply with duty hour restrictions, while still providing educational enrichment. Each resident completed 2–3 modules weekly, including a pre-test, educational content, and a post-test. The Challenger® program allows supervision and monitoring of resident progress. The total cost of Challenger® was approximately $6,000.

METHODS:

After one year of usage of Challenger®, residents completed a quality assessment questionnaire which evaluated the reading assignments, test questions, and their perception of its usefulness as a learning tool.

RESULTS:

Sixteen residents completed the quality assessment questionnaire on Challenger®. One hundred percent of residents found the reading assignments were easy to understand. Seventy-five percent of residents learned “sometimes/rarely” from the modules. Eighty-one percent of residents rated the question quality as “poor/fair.” Seventy-five percent of residents believed it to not be worthwhile. Eighty-one percent did not believe that it helped to prepare for boards exams. Eighty-eight percent were unlikely to endorse continuation or recommend Challenger® to other residency programs.

DISCUSSION:

Challenger® was not a useful learning tool for OB/GYN resident education. Some readings were outdated. Some questions were of poor quality in assessing knowledge base. As pre- and post-test questions were the same, and residents often finished an entire module's reading section plus the pre- and post-tests within 30 minutes, it is uncertain whether the readings were actually completed.

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