Texting preferences in a Paediatric residency

Lauren Draper, Cadence Kuklinski, Amy Ladley, Greg Adamson, Matthew Broom

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Abstract

Purpose: Text messaging is ubiquitous among residents, but remains an underused educational tool. Though feasibility has been demonstrated, evidence of its ability to improve standardised test scores and provide insight on resident texting preferences is lacking. The authors set out to evaluate: (1) satisfaction with a hybrid question-and-answer (Q&A) texting format; and (2) pre-/post-paediatric in-training exam (ITE) performance. Methods: A prospective study with paediatrics and internal medicine–paediatrics residents. Residents were divided into subgroups: adolescent medicine (AM) and developmental medicine (DM). Messages were derived from ITE questions and sent Monday–Friday with a 20 per cent variance in messages specific to the sub-group. Residents completed surveys gauging perceptions of the programme, and pre- and post-programme ITE scores were analysed. Results: Forty-one residents enrolled and 32 (78%) completed a post-programme survey. Of those, 21 (66%) preferred a Q&A format with an immediate text response versus information-only texts. The percentage change in ITE scores between 2013 and 2014 was significant. Comparing subgroups, there was no significant difference between the percentage change in ITE scores. Neither group performed significantly better on either the adolescent or developmental sections of the ITE. Text messaging… remains an underused educational tool. Conclusions: Overall, participants improved their ITE scores, but no improvement was seen in the targeted subgroups on the exam. Although Q&A texts are preferred by residents, further assessment is required to assess the effect on educational outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-406
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Teacher
Volume14
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2017

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    Draper, L., Kuklinski, C., Ladley, A., Adamson, G., & Broom, M. (2017). Texting preferences in a Paediatric residency. Clinical Teacher, 14(6), 401-406. https://doi.org/10.1111/tct.12590