PRiMER. 2018 Nov 14;2:25. doi: 10.22454/PRiMER.2018.479320. eCollection 2018.
INTRODUCTION: Inpatient training and evidence-based medicine (EBM) curricula are fundamental components of medical education. Teaching EBM And Clinical topics in the Hospital (TEACH) Cards is an inpatient curricular tool developed to help guide efficient, discussion-based teaching sessions. TEACH Cards aims to increase frequency of inpatient teaching, improve exposure to the breadth of inpatient topics, advance EBM skills, and improve efficiency in answering clinical questions.
METHODS: TEACH Cards is a set of 25 topic-based cards, each addressing an adult inpatient medicine topic by asking background questions and encouraging learners to write and answer foreground questions. Residents and faculty from a family medicine residency rotating on an adult inpatient medicine service during the 6-month study period were invited to complete a prerotation survey, use the TEACH Cards, and then complete a postrotation survey.
RESULTS: Out of 54 potential participants, 35% completed both the pre- and postrotation surveys. Respondents used TEACH Cards on average three times per week, reporting significantly stronger agreement that they were both learning (P=0.034) and teaching (P=0.006) core inpatient topics. Respondents reported greater confidence in using EBM resources ( P=0.006) and significantly shorter time to find an evidence-based answer to a clinical question (pretest median=6-10 minutes vs posttest median=2-5 minutes, P=0.002).
CONCLUSION: Use of TEACH Cards increased self-reported exposure to the breadth of core inpatient topics, confidence with EBM skills, and efficiency in finding answers to clinical questions.