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Evaluation of Challenger® as an OB/GYN Residency Self-learning Tool

Background: Challenger® is a commercially available on-line educational package, which offers focused readings on a variety of OB/GYN topics with self-assessments tests. It was utilized during the night float block to comply with duty hour restrictions, while still providing educational enrichment. Each resident completed 2-3 modules weekly, including a pre-test, educational content, and a post-test. The Challenger®program allows supervision and monitoring of resident progress. The total cost of Challenger®was approximately $6,000.


Methods: After one year of usage of Challenger®, residents completed a quality assessment questionnaire which evaluated the reading assignments, test questions, and their perception of its usefulness as a learning tool. 


Results: 16 residents completed the quality assessment questionnaire on Challenger®. 100% of residents found the reading assignments were easy to understand. 75% of residents learned “sometimes/rarely” from the modules. 81% of residents rated the question quality as “poor/fair”. 75% of residents believed it to not be worthwhile.  81% did not believe that it helped to prepare for boards exams. 88% were unlikely to endorse continuation or recommend Challenger® to other residency programs.


Discussions: Challenger® was not a useful learning tool for OB/GYN resident education. Some readings were outdated. Some questions were of poor quality in assessing knowledge base.  As pre- and post-test questions were the same, and residents often finished an entire module’s reading section plus the pre- and post-tests within 30 minutes, it is uncertain whether the readings were actually completed.


Keywords: Challenger, education

Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2016, Resident, Faculty, Osteopathic Faculty, Residency Director, Residency Coordinator, Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Systems-Based Practice & Improvement, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, GME, Assessment, Independent Study, Problem-Based Learning,

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Poster 2016 C & A Annual
Resident,Faculty,Osteopathic Faculty,Residency Director,Residency Coordinator,
Patient Care,Medical Knowledge,Systems-Based Practice & Improvement,Practice-Based Learning & Improvement,
Assessment,Independent Study,Problem-Based Learning,
Clinical Focus

Author Information

Janhvi Sookram, DO, Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia; John Myers, DO; David Jaspan, DO; Jay Goldberg, MD

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