The Use of Weekly Podcasts as a Medium to Supplement Academic Internal Medicine Residency Didactics
The majority of resident physicians in the United States are from the Millennial Generation (born 1981 to 1996), currently aged 23 to 38 (1). It is estimated that 93% of Millennials have a smart phone (2). Podcasts represent almost 10% of audio listening among millennials (3), with the second-most preferred type of podcast among millennials being educational (28%) (4).
With this in mind, and in recognition of the demanding schedule of residents and interns on inpatient wards, the UNM Internal Medicine chief residents developed a podcast to supplement and reinforce the concepts taught in afternoon rounds on the inpatient wards service at UNM Hospital.
MATERIALS AND METHODS:
The podcast is available for free on Apple Podcasts as well as the UNM IM Chiefs website (imchiefs.unm.edu)
Typical duration is approximately 15 minutes, allowing for completion of an entire episode within a typical car commute.
Clinical pearls are presented based on a case seen at UNM Hospital through a conversational method amongst the chief residents.
We surveyed interns and residents on their opinion and understanding of afternoon report didactics before and after the implementation of the podcast using a 0 to 10 scale.
With respect to the survey responses collected, data thus far gathered does not show a positive/well-received response to the implementation of the podcasts. The only statistically significant before/after change was a decrease in overall AR satisfaction (p<0.05)
Comments in general reflected the negative perception residents have with having to attend didactics as an ACGME requirement while they are on a busy inpatient wards service.
The addition of a supplemental podcast on topics taught at afternoon report did not improve resident satisfaction with required didactics.
The increased negativity reflecting afternoon report on the post-intervention survey may be confounded due to a busier inpatient load at the time of the second survey, or from resident burnout as the year progressed.
Reference #1: http://www.pewresearch.org/topics/millennials/
Reference #2: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/05/02/millennials-stand-out-for-their-technology-use-but-older-generations-also-embrace-digital-life/
Reference #3: http://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8516818/ipsos-study-podcast-listening-audio-millennials-gen-z-radio
Reference #4: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2019-08-14/60-more-people-using-podcast-apps-report-shows
Malik, Umar; Krystal Chan; Matt Gerling; and Jen Langsjoen. "The Use of Weekly Podcasts as a Medium to Supplement Academic Internal Medicine Residency Didactics." (2020). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/hsc_qips/38
Presented at the University of New Mexico Health Science 2020 Annual Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Symposium