Building Your Neurology Acumen’: A Flipped Classroom Approach to Strengthen Internal Medicine Residents’ Neurological Skills

  • Author / Creator
    Zaeem, Zoya
  • Abstract
    Background/Purpose: Rotating internal medicine (IM) residents often do not feel knowledgeable about neurology, or adequately prepared to approach patients presenting with neurologic clinical issues. Limited pre-clinical exposure, uncertainty when facing neurological complaints, inadequate clinical teaching, and perceived complexity of the field contribute to this perception. We conducted a needs assessment to determine the feasibility of a novel neurology flipped classroom (FC) curriculum for internal medicine residents.

    Methods: We utilized a multiple methods design and recruited participants through a combination of purposive and convenience sampling. We conducted interviews with internal medicine residents (n=12), a focus group with neurology residents, and a focus group with neurology staff. Additionally, internal medicine residents completed an entry and post-call survey while on their neurology rotation.

    Results: We implemented a deductive method of analysis by organizing themes according to Kern’s framework for curriculum development.

    1. Problem Identification: Discomfort and perception of under-preparedness amongst IM trainees
    2. Targeted Needs Assessment: What the learners (stakeholders) think they need to know vs. what their teachers want them to know vs external requirements (Royal College)
    3. Goals and objectives: What content is relevant for clinical requirements vs assessments? Are they mutually exclusive?
    4. Methods and setting: Didactic vs. bedside vs. on-demand
    5. Implementation of the curriculum: AHD vs. Rotation
    6. Evaluation and feedback: Curriculum could be evaluated with surveys, performance on rotation, and board examination result

    Conclusion: Our findings illustrate the need to re-examine the way in which neurology is being taught to off-service residents.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2021
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  • Degree
    Master of Education
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