Distance Learning for Emergency Medicine Residencies
“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.”– Seneca
As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, campuses are suspending spring semester face-to-face instruction. Emergency medicine residencies need to quickly adapt to distance learning in a short time span.
Program directors, chief residents, and Designated Institutional Officials (DIOs) are asking similar questions:
- How do I deliver conferences online?
- Where do I find curricula adapted to virtual learning?
- How do I create a remote learning environment that keeps my residents engaged?
- How do I provide custom assessments to continue to track resident progress?
- What is the best way to integrate the Foundations of Emergency Medicine (FoEM) curriculum into my distance learning strategy?
- How do I use Zoom and Google Hangouts for virtual didactics?
- How do I survive and thrive during budget cuts?
If you currently do not have a distance learning solution for didactics or you want to enhance what you do have, we can help. Last week, Rosh Review made the unprecedented decision to offer our remote-learning residency tools—question banks, assessments, and program dashboards—free of charge for 30 days to all programs that need a solution to bridge the gap.
Founded by doctors and a former program director, Rosh Review understands the importance—and sense of urgency—of maintaining your program’s educational needs. And, as an online provider of medical education for nearly a decade, we’ve mastered the art of keeping learners engaged in a remote learning environment.
Integrating remote learning into your training program is a lot easier than it may seem.
First, you’ll need a software platform to connect distributed learners. These platforms were once difficult to navigate, but now they are user-friendly and can be easily implemented.
Don’t spend too much time picking a product since they all provide what you need.
These are the most popular platforms:
Once you have your software picked out and set up, you can schedule your first remote conference.
Meeting online is not much different than attending an in-person conference. There is a presenter and an audience. Except now, instead of all being in the same room, everyone is in their own location. It looks like this:
Just like an in-person conference, the presenter shares slides, which appear for all the remote attendees in Zoom. Here is an example from a recent remote conference at Johns Hopkins:
Imagine you’re sitting at the kitchen table and this is what you see on your computer screen. You can hear the presenter crystal clear. It’s like being at an in-person conference but with safe social distancing! Moreover, you are able to ask questions to the presenter and interact with the group.
Virtual learning isn’t limited to conferencing—it allows you to continue core content education, small group discussions, and even board review.
Distance learning with the Rosh Review Qbank
Our online Qbank is one of the most effective tools residents can use to stay engaged in core content education. The advantage is that residents can access content on their own from the comfort of their homes.
Pro tip: Set expectations for residents to complete a set number of questions in the ABEM categories that align with your curriculum.
Integrating Foundations of Emergency Medicine (FoEM) into your remote learning environment
Foundations of Emergency Medicine (FoEM) offers a series of courses that are openly shared with residency programs nationwide. The flipped classroom curricula provide training level-specific content that builds a comprehensive framework for understanding cardinal presentations, diagnosis, and essential management strategies within the EM Model of Clinical Practice.
Pro Tip: Check out FoEM’s helpful tips to jumpstart your move to virtual learning
In partnership with Foundations of Emergency Medicine, Rosh Review created 67 special assessments that align with the FoEM curriculum. You can assign these to residents and review as a group to provide an active learning environment.
Virtual training with Rosh Review’s Program Director Dashboard (PD Dash)
As your residents engage with content in their Qbank, all of the data will be fed into your virtual PD Dash and recorded. This will identify residents at risk of falling behind and provide data for your clinical competency committee to use for accreditation with the ACGME.
Conducting a virtual board review conference
It is also straightforward to continue preparing for the ABEM Certification Exam with virtual board review sessions. There are many ways to do this.
One option is for the presenter, whether it is a faculty member, chief resident, or resident, to share their screen while all of the residents on the virtual conference listen to the speaker review questions. It could look something like this:
Another way to conduct virtual board review is to assign your residents a select number of questions to complete before the conference and then review these during the conference.
A powerful tool in your PD Dash is the heatmap, which you can use to identify specific questions you want to review during your virtual conference. Here is an example:
Using distance learning for remediation
From your PD Dash, easily identify residents who are performing below average in specific areas of the ABEM content blueprint and remotely assign them additional assessments as a form of remediation.
For example, if three of your residents are scoring below the program mean in nephrology, simply assign a block of 20 nephrology questions and comprehensive explanations and measure their performance. All it takes is a few clicks!
Supporting you and your residents through distance learning
Thank you for the sacrifices you, your residents, nurses, and entire clinical staff make on a daily basis to protect and care for our families and friends. Your work inspires us to creatively use our strengths to support your needs in this changing environment.
Please reach out to us at email@example.com to sign up, or let us know if we can remove any obstacles you experience as you transition to remote learning.