Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (03/01/23) Reed, Trent; Wagner, Sarah; Ozark, Gregory; et al.
Researchers added smart glasses (SG) to an Objective Structured Teaching Exercise (OSTE) within a six-session continuing medical education-conferring certificate course to review their use in faculty development. Seventeen assistant professors across 12 medical specialties participated in the "Developing Clinical Educators in Academic Medicine" course. Instructors depicted the role of a standardized student (SS) in two prerecorded clinical scenarios as they obtained a history and physical from a patient with abdominal pain. Fourteen participants were recorded by mounted wall cameras (MWCs) and SG during the OSTE, and they received performance feedback immediately after completion. All of the participants said they were comfortable with the SS wearing SG during their exam, nor did it affect their communication with the SS actor or distract them. Seventy-seven percent felt feedback from viewing the SG was useful, and 85% said the SG recording provided affective feedback that the MWCs lacked. A majority of participants saw SG as beneficial to medical education and faculty development. "SG provide unique feedback captured through body language, eye contact, content, and voice tone that would not have been available using the 'birds-eye' MWC," the researchers report.