A pilot comparison of standardized online surgical curricula for use in low- and middle-income countries

Goldstein, S. D. and Papandria, D. and Linden, A. and Azzie, G. and Borgstein, E. and Calland, J. F. and Finlayson, S. R. G. and Jani, P. and Lewis, F. and Malangoni, M. A. and O'Flynn, E. and Ogendo, S. and Riviello, R. and Abdullah, F. (2014) A pilot comparison of standardized online surgical curricula for use in low- and middle-income countries. JAMA Surgery, 149 (4). pp. 341-346. ISSN 21686254 (ISSN)

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Abstract

IMPORTANCE Surgical conditions are an important component of global disease burden, due in part to critical shortages of adequately trained surgical providers in low- and middle-income countries. OBJECTIVES To assess the use of Internet-based educational platforms as a feasible approach to augmenting the education and training of surgical providers in these settings. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS Access to two online curriculawas offered to 75 surgical faculty and trainees from 12 low- and middle-income countries for 60 days. The Surgical Council on Resident Education web portal was designed for general surgery trainees in the United States, and the School for Surgeons website was built by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland specifically for the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa. Participants completed an anonymous online survey detailing their experiences with both platforms. Voluntary respondents were daily Internet users and endorsed frequent use of both print and online textbooks as references. MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES Likert scale survey questionnaire responses indicating overall and content-specific experiences with the Surgical Council on Resident Education and School for Surgeons curricula. RESULTS Survey responses were received from 27 participants. Both online curricula were rated favorably, with no statistically significant differences in stated willingness to use and recommend either platform to colleagues. Despite regional variations in practice context, there were few perceived hurdles to future curriculum adoption. CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE Both the Surgical Council on Resident Education and School for Surgeons educational curricula were well received by respondents in low- and middle-income countries. Although one was designed for US surgical postgraduates and the other for sub-Saharan African surgical providers, there were no significant differences detected in participant responses between the two platforms. Online educational resources have promise as an effective means to enhance the education of surgical providers in lowand middle-income countries. © 2014 American Medical Association.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Cited By :3; Export Date: 23 February 2015; Correspondence Address: Abdullah, F.; Department of Surgery, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Bloomberg Childrens Center, 1800 Orleans St., Baltimore, MD 21287, United States; email: fa@jhmi.edu
Uncontrolled Keywords: Africa; article; Botswana; Cameroon; comparative study; consultation; controlled study; education program; Ethiopia; general surgery; health care survey; human; human experiment; India; inguinal hernia; Internet; Ireland; Kenya; Likert scale; lowest income group; Malawi; Mozambique; Nigeria; normal human; Pakistan; physician; postgraduate student; priority journal; questionnaire; residency education; resident; Rwanda; surgeon; surgical training; Uganda; United States; work experience; Zambia; Curriculum; Developing Countries; Education, Medical, Continuing; Humans; Internship and Residency; Pilot Projects; Prospective Studies; Questionnaires; Specialties, Surgical
Depositing User: Colin Lowry
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2015 09:50
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/2384

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