Use of Active Learning and Sequencing in a Weekly Continuing Medical Education/Graduate Medical Education Conference

Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (Spring 2019) Austin, Jared P.; Carney, Patricia A.; Thayer, Erin K.; et al.

Oregon Health and Science University researchers conducted a study to detail the development, deployment, and assessment of Friday Forum (FF), a weekly continuing medical education/graduate medical education (CME/GME) conference that showcased active learning and sequencing methods as part of a new educational offering, complementary to Grand Rounds (GR), within a mid-sized academic pediatrics department. FF was created in 2013 to manage five medically pertinent themes in a sequential, rotating, interactive model. Those themes are clinical reasoning, evidence-based medicine, morbidity and mortality, research in progress, and ethics. In 2018, a survey and focus groups of faculty, residents, and fellows examined the relative value of the conference compared with the departmental GR. Respondents gave FF high ratings for helping participants engage with colleagues, familiarizing them with interactive strategies for large-group teaching, and value for time spent. GR earned high ratings for helping participants to learn about extra-departmental academic efforts and emerging challenges in pediatrics. Two key qualitative themes, desire for interaction and topical variety, were fostered by the weekly conference.

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