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Collaborative Real-time Visual Abstract Generation – a Novel Approach to Virtual Journal Club

Purpose: To integrate visual abstract generation and critique into the virtual journal club for diversification of learning engagement and critical consumption of evidence-based medicine.

Background: The Visual Abstract movement dates back to 2016, pioneered by Annals of  Surgery. Since then, many academic journals have integrated dissemination of a visual abstract into their social media presence. As the recent COVID-19 pandemic has shifted resident didactics from traditional classroom learning to a virtual format, we sought to incorporate collaborative real-time generation of a visual abstract as a novel approach to virtual resident journal club. 

We integrated the design and critique of a visual abstract into our resident-based journal club of landmark studies nationally recognized within our clinical specialty. Immediately following the virtual journal club discussion, all residents received a link to a web-based platform that allowed simultaneous, interactive co-editing of a pre-templated visual abstract for the chosen journal article.

Results: Residents provided positive feedback regarding collaborative real-time generation of a visual abstract. Specifically, residents commented that creation of the visual abstract enhanced the journal club as a summarizing exercise. Residents reported new awareness of the visual abstract movement and were empowered to generate visual abstracts for future scholarly projects. Additionally, residents favored the creation of a visual abstract archive for landmark studies within the clinical specialty to use as a pocket reference and as a teaching tool in the future.

Utilization of web-based software for collaborative Visual Abstract generation is a well received, novel approach that promotes engagement in a virtual resident journal club.

Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2021, Resident, Faculty, Residency Director, Medical Knowledge, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, GME, CME, UME, Lecture, Independent Study, Team-Based Learning, Gynecologic Oncology, Contraception or Family Planning, Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Infectious Disease, General Ob-Gyn, Sexuality, Genetics,

General Information

Resident,Faculty,Residency Director,
Medical Knowledge,Practice-Based Learning & Improvement,
Lecture,Independent Study,Team-Based Learning,
Clinical Focus
Gynecologic Oncology,Contraception or Family Planning,Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology,Minimally Invasive Surgery,Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility,Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery,Maternal-Fetal Medicine,Infectious Disease,General Ob-Gyn,Sexuality,Genetics,

Author Information

Abigail Liberty, MD, MSPH, OHSU; Leo Han, MD, MPH; Molly Siegel, MD; Jamie Lo, MD

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