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Augmenting Standard Curriculum Using Virtual Didactics in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowships
This study aims to assess the efficacy of a multi-center Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) virtual didactics program over the course of 3 years.
The COVID-19 pandemic has tested the traditional education system, underscoring the importance of productive virtual learning platforms. We would like to report our experience in running a virtual didactics program across multiple FPMRS fellowships nationwide, with a particular focus on its sustainability over 3 years. Cooper’s FPMRS program launched the monthly program in 2017 to enhance the fellowship education experience. Senior faculty members from 6 institutions use a web-based video conferencing platform to discuss FPMRS topics.Methods:
A multi-center survey-based study was conducted to assess the efficacy of a virtual didactics program. Redcap was utilized to email anonymous surveys to participants. Descriptive statistics were performed.Results:
We achieved an 82% response rate to our survey (12 fellows and 16 attendings). Primary learning styles were visual, tactile/kinesthetic, auditory, and reading/writing in 42.9%, 25%, 21.4%, and 10.7% of participants, respectively. The majority of respondents reported participation in the program using visual and auditory aspects of the program. On average, the respondents reported an 81.6% overall satisfaction with the program. Nearly 90% of participants reported the greatest advantage of the program was learning from clinical experiences of faculty outside of their own institutions.
Participants in a multi-center FPMRS virtual didactics program report a high level of satisfaction with the program despite varied learning styles.
CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2021, Student, Resident, Faculty, Clerkship Director, Clerkship Coordinator, Osteopathic Faculty, Residency Director, Residency Coordinator, Systems-Based Practice & Improvement, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, GME, CME, Lecture, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery,