[577] Impact of Instructive Videos and Internet Based Learning Portal on Residents' Teaching Education in Molecular Pathology

Linda J Szymanski, James M Szymanski, Dhananjay A Chitale, Milena Cankovic. Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI

Background: In the era of personalized medicine and targeted therapeutics, modern pathology must be a synergy of pathology, immunohistochemistry and molecular pathology, all incorporated into a single diagnostic opinion. This creates a challenge in resident education where the traditional approach to teaching has remained centered around reading reference books and passively observing technicians. Our goal was to increase resident competency by achieving mastery of core analytical competencies and by providing easy access to vast amounts of under-utilized educational content available in the form of videos, electronic books, faculty power point presentations including challenging clinical cases and educational teleconferences, all of which could be delivered electronically via the internet and used to supplement didactic lectures and compulsory lab rotations.
Design: Creation of a web based learning portal that incorporates: 1)Instructional videos of basic techniques (polymerase chain reaction (PCR), sequencing, microarray) created by residents; 2)Learning based modules for techniques and diagnostic procedures; 3)Resources from basic concepts to advanced topics; 4)Board review material and questions in interactive formats.
Results: Multiple learning modules incorporating reference material, web based resources and teleconferences, and procedures were constructed in a format that would be intuitive for most residents to use. Distinct sections for basic terminology, lab management, and board review materials were included. Additionally 3 video presentations (10-12 min long) were provided to residents as part of a didactic lecture series. In an anonymous survey residents (7/14) evaluated the portal as excellent and plan to use it to gain molecular competency and for board reviews. The videos were rated as good to excellent.
Conclusions: With ever expanding medical knowledge in this molecular era, the portal based training modules will be a central part of a comprehensive resident training in molecular pathology. The current "one size fits all" approach would be altered to best fit the residents' interests in different molecular subspecialty after completion of basic training in molecular pathology. This web based portal will help system based training for residents in smaller programs where these state of the art molecular assays are not offered. This type of portal will make all these supplementary educational materials available to pathologists, medical students, and laboratory technologists which may also serve as proficiency testing.
Category: Education

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 9:30 AM

Poster Session III # 126, Tuesday Morning


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