Systematic online academic resource (SOAR) review: Endocrine, metabolic, and nutritional disorders Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Background

    Free open-access medical education (FOAM) has become an integral resource for medical school and residency education. However, questions of quality and inconsistent coverage of core topics remain. In this second entry of the SAEM Systematic Online Academic Resource (SOAR) series, we describe the application of a systematic methodology to identify, curate, and describe FOAM topics specific to endocrine, metabolic, and nutritional disorders as defined by the 2016 Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine (MCPEM).

    Methods

    We developed an automated algorithm to search 264 keywords derived from nine subtopics within the MCPEM category in the FOAM Search (a customized FOAM search tool) and the Social Media index. The top 100 results were extracted for each keyword. Resources underwent a manual iterative screening process, and those relevant to endocrine, metabolic, or nutritional disorders and EM were evaluated with the revised Medical Education Translational Resources: Impact and Quality (rMETRIQ) tool.

    Results

    The search yielded 36,346 resources, of which 756 met the criteria for quality assessment. After rMETRIQ tool training, four raters demonstrated an average measured intraclass correlation coefficient of 0.94 (95% confidence interval = 0.88 to 0.97, p < 0.001). A total of 121 posts (16% of posts) covering 25 subtopics were identified as high quality (rMETRIQ ≥16). The most covered subtopic was potassium disorders, representing 15% of all posts. Subtopics that did not have a high-quality resource identified include metabolic alkalosis, respiratory alkalosis, fluid overload, phosphorus metabolism, hyperglycemia, malabsorption, malnutrition, and thyroiditis. From most to least common, the overall target audience was junior resident (91%), PGY-1 resident (88%), senior resident (81%), clerk (64%), attending (50%), and preclerkship (9%).

    Conclusions

    We systematically identified, described, and curated FOAM resources for EM learners on the topic of endocrine, metabolic, and nutritional disorders. A final list of high-quality resources can guide trainees, educator recommendations, and FOAM authors.

authors

  • Hsiao, Jonie J
  • Pedigo, Ryan
  • Bae, Shirley W
  • Jung, JooYeon
  • Zhao, Lisa
  • Trueger, Nathan S
  • Chan, Teresa
  • Grock, Andrew

publication date

  • October 2021