Apple Slices: October 2018

By D. Yvette LaCoursiere, MD, and the 2018-2020 APGO Technology Committee

Welcome to Apple Slices, a bite-size educational research update brought to you by the APGO Technology Committee. Our goal is to provide you with brief summaries and reviews of recently published educational research from both within and especially outside the traditional obstetrics and gynecology journals.

Professional Responsibilities and Personal Impacts: Residents’ Experiences as Participants in Education Research
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Occasionally you see a paper and think, “That’s brilliant, I never considered that!” While educational research papers always include descriptions of their participants, Luke and colleagues took it a step further, using semi-structured interviews to understand the learner’s experience of being a research participant.

Take-home points:

  • Residents reported it was their professional responsibility to participate. Why? It was important to further the broader field and support the research of local colleagues.
  • In addition, it afforded opportunities to participate in educational experiences that might not otherwise be available.
  • They also divulged some concerns about feeling pressure to participate and worried about personal ramifications if there was a loss of confidentiality.
  • Time was of the essence: residents stated the most important factor on whether they would participate was time.

Apple Slice: With insights into the participants’ perceptions, we can improve our learners’ experience with educational research.