Residents’ Perceptions of Effective Features of Educational Podcasts Academic Article uri icon

  •  
  • Overview
  •  
  • Research
  •  
  • Identity
  •  
  • Additional Document Info
  •  
  • View All
  •  

abstract

  • INTRODUCTION: Educational podcasts are used by emergency medicine (EM) trainees to supplement clinical learning and to foster a sense of connection to broader physician communities. Yet residents report difficulties remembering what they learned from listening, and the features of podcasts that residents find most effective for learning remain poorly understood. Therefore, we sought to explore residents' perceptions of the design features of educational podcasts that they felt most effectively promoted learning. METHODS: We used a qualitative approach to explore EM trainees' experiences with educational podcasts, focusing on design features that they found beneficial to their learning. We conducted 16 semi-structured interviews with residents from three institutions from March 2016-August 2017. Interview transcripts were analyzed line-by-line using constant comparison and organized into focused codes, conceptual categories, and then key themes. RESULTS: The five canons of classical rhetoric provided a framework for thematically grouping the disparate features of podcasts that residents reported enhanced their learning. Specifically, they reported valuing the following: 1) Invention: clinically relevant material presented from multiple perspectives with explicit learning points; 2) Arrangement: efficient communication; 3) Style: narrative incorporating humor and storytelling; 4) Memory: repetition of key content; and 5) Delivery: short episodes with good production quality. CONCLUSION: This exploratory study describes features that residents perceived as effective for learning from educational podcasts and provides foundational guidance for ongoing research into the most effective ways to structure medical education podcasts.

publication date

  • December 10, 2020