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Jamming with Podcasting: Make Education Swing for Medical Students!

Purpose: Take five to explore the podcast format as a smooth way to teach medical students intimate partner violence (IPV) screening and history-taking. 

Background: The USPSTF recommends IPV screening as routine health maintenance.2 Research has found that perceived preparedness and comfort level are barriers to screening and intervention.1,3 There were only crickets regarding IPV screening in our own curriculum. As a result we sought to harmonize the instruction of students with an accessible and memorable educational format.

Methods: We laid down a brief introductory lecture about IPV followed by a 22 minute podcast about screening and addressing IPV disclosures for first-year medical students. They completed pre- and post- surveys assessing general knowledge and perceived confidence. 

Results: The pre-survey “opener” showed 52% of respondents had no prior experience nor training in IPV screening.  Initially, 64% of respondents hit a sour note feeling either “somewhat not confident” or “not confident at all.” In a smooth turn-around, the post-survey showed that listening to the smokin’ podcast increased students’ confidence. When asked about addressing a positive disclosure of IPV, the post-survey again showed an increase in confidence.  The objective section of the post-survey demo’ed an increase in correct answers for every knowledge question.

Discussions: This curricular intervention employs a hot form of information sharing.  Initial data suggested that a majority of students did not feel confident screening for IPV nor addressing a positive disclosure.  After a paired lecture/podcast on this topic, students demonstrated increased general knowledge about IPV as well as a measureable crescendo of confidence.

Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2019, Student, Resident, Faculty, Clerkship Coordinator, Osteopathic Faculty, Residency Director, Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, UME, Lecture,

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Student,Resident,Faculty,Clerkship Coordinator,Osteopathic Faculty,Residency Director,
Patient Care,Medical Knowledge,Interpersonal & Communication Skills,
Clinical Focus

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Corbin Weaver, MD, The University of Texas at Austin; Sarah Shaffer, DO

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