PURPOSE:The ACCP-SEEK series provides an effective tool for preparing for adult pulmonary and critical care boards. Whereas several textbooks exist for the comprehensive understanding of pediatric pulmonary medicine and the ABP provides content specifications, there is a lack of dedicated board review tools in pediatric pulmonary medicine. To fill this void, a needs assessment was completed and PEDSEEK was created using adult learning theories to improve the efficacy of board preparation.
METHODS:The hypothesis was that a board review tool is necessary and that a case-based, multimedia tool would be valuable and effectively prepare candidates for the pediatric pulmonary board examination. A search for participants was conducted via program directors inquiring about individuals taking the 2008 pediatric pulmonary board examination. Of the 58 respondents from across the United States, 53% were male, most were Caucasian (57%) or Indian (26%), and most were 3rd year fellows (38%) or new attending physicians (48%). PEDSEEK was created using Lectora® software. The PEDSEEK DVD incorporates questions with active feedback and uses different modalities including digital images, pathology specimens and bronchoscopy videos to enhance retention. Through the “PEDSEEK connection,” it instantly enables users to connect to specific internet sites for additional educational material.
RESULTS:The majority of respondents (78%) felt that a board review tool does not exist and that this, rather than time limitation, is the greatest impediment to adequately preparing for boards (74%). A board review tool is felt to be needed by 98% of the participants. Of this cohort, electronic media was the preferred delivery modality and a case-based, question-based, multimedia-enriched tool was felt to be most useful.
CONCLUSION:A board review tool for pediatric pulmonology does not exist, but is very much needed. PEDSEEK fills this void and uses adult learning strategies to maximize its educational efficiency.
CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:Those pediatric pulmonologists surveyed prefer electronic media using a case-based, question-oriented, multimedia tool to traditional textbooks for board preparation. This style of learning should be employed by most forms of medical media.
DISCLOSURE:Jonathan Puchalski, Grant monies (from sources other than industry) The development of PEDSEEK was supported by an educational grant from the ACCP via the “LEARN” scholarship in the amount of $15,000.; No Product/Research Disclosure Information