Author: Broom M, Guild C, and Ahmadi Nasab Emran S Publication Year: 2015
Summary: This paper describes a novel hybrid Professional Bioethics in Graduate Medical Education course, which utilised both online modules and small-group discussions to teach bioethics and professionalism.
Description: Introduction: There are requirements for resident training in professionalism, but without much specification, and variation exists with regards to how these requirements should be met. We describe a novel hybrid Professional Bioethics in Graduate Medical Education course, which utilized both online modules and small-group discussions to teach bioethics and professionalism.

Methods: Pediatric, internal medicine, neurology, and psychiatry residents were given the opportunity to complete online modules prior to participating in a series of small-group discussions. Topics included patient hand-offs, difficult patients, medical mistakes, patient-physician relationships, and physician-influence from industry. Residents completed anonymous evaluations upon completion of the modules and at course completion.

Results: 140 residents (42 pediatric, 52 internal medicine, 22 neurology, and 24 psychiatry) enrolled in the course and completed 191 surveys evaluating the modules. Resident surveys indicated that small-group discussions were an important method of learning (80%). Surveys noted that having frank, open discussions with other residents was a useful format (85%). Although residents reported that they enjoyed the online modules, only 10% routinely accessed the posted materials.

Conclusion: Although online modules are accessible and useful for certain aspects of learning, small-group discussions may provide a more successful forum to provide this education in bioethics and professionalism.

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