Smart Phone-Based Quick Response (QR) Evaluations for Residents: What Do Faculty Think?

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Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Providing ample, high quality and timely venue-based evaluations of resident performance is a critical mandate of graduate medical education.

METHODS:

We utilized a before and after study design to compare a paper venue-based evaluation tool for procedures to a smart phone QR evaluation tool introduced in July 2014 at the University of Washington OB-GYN Residency Program. Each resident was assigned a QR code for faculty to access the evaluation in a smart-phone based application. Faculty completed a baseline survey evaluating the paper tool and a 6-month follow-up survey evaluating the QR tool. We compared characteristics of the feedback and the evaluation tools using Wilcoxon signed rank test.

RESULTS:

Twenty-three of 40 (58%) eligible teaching faculty 40 completed surveys at 0 and 6 months after introducing the QR tool. More faculty (57.1%) agreed that the QR tool promoted interaction compared to the paper tool (13.0%, P=.0005). More faculty (85.7%) felt comfortable approaching residents with the QR tool compared with paper (34.8%, P=.0019) and more felt that the QR tool (52.4%) helped give feedback for residents (17.4%, P=.0071). Greater percentage of faculty (71.4%) provided feedback within 24 hours with the QR tool compared with paper (17.4%, P=.0005).

DISCUSSION:

Faculty are comfortable utilizing smart phone-based QR technology for resident evaluation and it appears to be associated with more timely feedback.

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