Background: Resident duty hours and increased clinical volume have
changed the landscape of modern resident education. Due to these
constraints the typical classroom model for teaching as well as teaching “on
the fly” during the clinical duty hours is not sufficient to cover the depth
and breadth of resident education. Little has been studied using podcast
learning in OBGYN education.
Methods: After IRB approval, residents were consented to
participate in the study. 12 audio podcasts were created and distributed
over 6 months in sets of 2 podcasts per month. Prior to their distribution we
assessed the residents’ baseline knowledge and experience with podcast
learning. After distribution and use of the audio files we performed
another evaluation examining the residents experience with the podcasts and
their likelihood to use them in the future. We offered an incentive for
listening to the podcasts for the first half of the episodes but not for the
Results: 24 residents consented to the study but no more than
13 residents listened to each session. Satisfaction was high among
participants and podcast learning was rated second only to self directed
learning as a preferred method of education. Residents cited a lack of
time as the main reason they chose not to participate.
Discussions: Our residents were more likely to participate when an
incentive was offered. However, audio podcasts did rank highly as an
effective learning tool among those who chose to participate.
Keywords: Ambulatory Education, Distance Learning, Instructional
Materials/Methods, Technology, Other