Web-Based Teaching, a Contemporary Diagnostic Method of Educating Canadian Pathologists on Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)
Esmeralda C Marginean, Shail Verma. Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, Canada
Background: Accurate diagnosis and risk stratification of GIST has become increasingly significant in view of rapidly changing treatment options including the emergence of adjuvant therapy. Following the NIH consensus in 2002, several risk stratification systems have been published, including the commonly used classification proposed by Miettinen et al (2006). Moreover the role of molecular testing for GIST is increasingly being considered as a prognostic factor in GIST. The rapidly evolving literature in this field has necessitated the development of a forum for dynamic, continuous education of pathologists to facilitate dissemination of up-to date information on the diagnosis of GIST.
Design: STEP (Stromal Tumours Evaluation For Pathologists) Program was developed at The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON as a tool to enhance education of pathologists regionally, provincially and nationally. Conceived as a one hour web-based interactive lecture using virtual microscopy, it includes an overview of GISTs, up-to-date diagnostic methods, differential diagnosis, molecular analysis and synoptic reporting. All participants provide independent assessment and evaluations upon completion of the course and have online access to the teaching set for six months post conference.
Results: In 2010, 5 webinars were completed, 4 in English and 1 in French, reaching 60 pathologists. Distribution of participants was: 17 (28%) Western Canada, 43 (72 %) Eastern Canada; 40 (66%) community hospitals and 20 (33%) academic centers. The overall satisfaction was rated as very good to excellent among 43 pathologists (72%). The program was rated with overall scores ranging from 4 (met expectations) to 5 (exceeded expectations) (mean 4.4).The mean scores for: meeting the learning needs, enhancing the learning process, relevance to the practice and digital pathology as an educational tool were 4.8, 4.6, 4.8 and 4.4 respectively.
Conclusions: Web based teaching using real-time, live digital slide conferencing and discussion, augmented by web-based teaching sets (accessible post conference) is a viable education tool with broad applicability, reaching both community and academic professionals over a large geographic distribution. In the rapidly changing fields of GIST diagnosis and management, this is a valuable and reproducible resource.
Monday, March 19, 2012 1:00 PM
Poster Session II # 91, Monday Afternoon