Faculty Development and Surgical Training: Are Audio Podcasts an Effective Tool?

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Increased workload and reduction in resident work hours have made didactic teaching and faculty development more difficult to achieve. Needs assessment at the University of Oklahoma revealed a gap in effective faculty development. Audio podcasts are ideal developmental tools as they can be accessed in many settings while engaged in activities such as driving or exercise. Our objective was to create an audio podcast for departmental faculty development. The podcast will address identification of and early interventions for residents who are having difficulty with mastering surgical skills.


A single high fidelity audio podcast was created and distributed to our faculty. A survey was given to faculty before and after the podcast distribution.


Most of the 24 faculty responding to the initial survey had no structured format for evaluating resident surgical skills. Although 67% had previously listened to a podcast, about half reported that it had been more than 2 months. Eight faculty listened to the podcast and responded to the post listening survey. The majority reported learning new information from listening which some have used and all felt it was an effective way of learning.


Faculty in our department had some baseline knowledge and experience with audio podcasts. All who listened to our podcast felt it was an effective tool for faculty development and education.

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