Improving the Efficiency of Didactic Medical Teaching by Means of Podcast

Joshua A. Young, MD and Kristy G. Ahrlich, MD


Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy of podcasting as a supplement to basic science education for ophthalmology residents.
Methods: Ten hours of applied optics lectures were converted to podcast format. Video podcast viewing devices were lent to each PGY-2 ophthalmology resident in the NYU program. Scores in the optics section of the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP) exam were analyzed to assess changes from 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 (traditional didactic
method) to 2007-2008 (podcast-enhanced method).
Results: Mean optics scores and percentiles were higher for PGY-2 residents in the 2007-2008 academic year, who received podcast-enhanced optics instruction, than for those in the 2005-2007 academic years, who learned optics through traditional teaching methods.
Conclusions: The use of video podcasts as a supplement to residents’ optics lectures was associated with improved standardized test scores, as well as reduced classroom time. This pilot study supports the expansion of video podcasts to other areas of ophthalmology basic science education.

Journal of Academic Ophthalmology 2010; 3: 22-24. (c) Journal of Academic Ophthalmology

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