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What is the Secret Ingredient? Attendee Perceptions of Virtual Grand Rounds

Purpose: This study aims to explore the attendee experience with and perceptions of virtual grand rounds as it compares to in-person grand rounds.


Background: Academic departments across the country transitioned from in-person grand rounds(IPGR) to virtual grand rounds (VGR) during the Covid-19 pandemic. Though this change allowed Grand Rounds to continue, the perception of participants is not known.


Methods: A group of subject matter experts developed a cross-sectional electronic survey comparing VGR and IPGR. After IRB review, local leadership sent the survey to all members of 5 geographically diverse academic ob/gyn departments in May 2021. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data.


Results:  Of 591 potential participants, 306(52%) individuals responded(65 residents, 21 fellows, 208 faculty/APPs and 9 research staff). Overall, 91% of respondents were satisfied with VGR, with 60% feeling very satisfied.


Compared to IPGR, 90% of respondents were more likely to attend VGR and 49% were more likely to ask questions at VGR. Presentation quality was rated the same/better than IPGR by 91% of respondents. Presenter prominence with VGR was perceived as the same/better by 93%. Multitasking was more common with VGR(91% reported more likely), 69% stated the sense of community was worse with VGR. Only 22% of respondents preferred all-virtual going forward.


Discussions: Overall, VGR was well-received. Respondents reported being more likely to attend with no reduction in quality. Disadvantages of VGR include being more likely to multitask and lost sense of community. Looking forward, most preferred a hybrid model of grand rounds.

Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2022, Student, Resident, Faculty, Clerkship Director, Residency Director, Residency Coordinator, Medical Knowledge, Systems-Based Practice & Improvement, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, GME, CME, Lecture,

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Student,Resident,Faculty,Clerkship Director,Residency Director,Residency Coordinator,
Medical Knowledge,Systems-Based Practice & Improvement,Practice-Based Learning & Improvement,
Clinical Focus

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Sarah K. Dotters-Katz, MD, MMHPE, Duke University; Matthew Grace, MD; Jessica McPherson, MD; Beverly Gray, MD; Anthony Shanks, MD, MS; Lisa Holfer, MD, MPH, MBA

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