Creation of a Virtual Community Resource to Optimize Resident Self-Guided Learning

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To develop a tool to create an online clearinghouse for resident self-guided learning.


We identified a need for a repository of educational resources. Surveys and group discussion identified: 1) desirable characteristics for an “ideal” resource, 2) four priority topics for testing, and 3) learning goals/objectives. The online tool was designed using Blackboard, which launched June 1, 2016, for testing.


Residents were surveyed about existing tools. Three existing websites were used, two purely educational and one patient care. Only the site for patient care was accessed by the majority of the residents (75.8%) at least once. Of 36 residents, at 5 months, 15 (41.7%) never logged into Blackboard. Of the 21 residents that logged in at least once, the average length of time reviewing information was 0.99±1.3 hours. Baseline knowledge was assessed using quizzes on bleeding. The average score on the quiz was 65.7±16.4%, N=17. Self-assessment of efficiency and ability to find resources was obtained.


Preliminary results of the resource tool, resident uptake and 6-month survey data will be ready to present at the CREOG APGO annual meeting in 2017, 12-month data will be presented at the CREOG APGO annual meeting in 2018. Our goal is to publish an open-domain version on MedEdPortal.


Overall, website development was able to satisfy most of the factors deemed important by the residents. Approximately 40% of the residents have never logged into the website at 5 months. Future efforts will be directed toward incentivizing utilization.

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