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Faculty Perceptions of Team Based Learning

Purpose: Team Based Learning (TBL) is an active learning strategy which replaced most of the traditional didactic lectures in the Ob/Gyn Clerkship at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) in 2015. Our aim of this study was to survey Ob/Gyn faculty about their perceptions surrounding their experience. We hypothesized faculty prefer facilitating TBL over other didactic lectures and perceive students as more engaged during active learning activities.


Background: We recently concluded an evaluation of our TBL experience with student test scores, knowledge retention, and learner satisfaction. We received multiple queries regarding faculty perceptions and satisfaction. The current research on TBL focuses on student experience, little has been published on observations of faculty. This survey sought to characterize and clarify the faculty experience.


Methods: A cross-sectional, anonymous survey about faculty experiences and satisfaction with TBL sessions versus traditional lectures was completed by 13 Ob/Gyn faculty.


Results: Faculty prefer teaching TBL sessions over traditional lectures (8.4 vs 7.3, on scale of 1-10, p=<0.05), TBL sessions require less preparation time (115 vs 26 minutes, p=<0.001). Faculty either strongly agreed or agreed to noticing increased learner engagement, with one respondent stating “I think they are excellent for education and being present (not online or on phone) during didactics.”


Discussions: Faculty consider TBL a viable and valuable learning strategy and responded they wish more teaching sessions were in this format. Continued implementation of TBL is likely to improve learner engagement and performance in addition to increasing faculty satisfaction and engagement in medical student education.

Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2019, Student, Faculty, Clerkship Director, Clerkship Coordinator, Medical Knowledge, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, GME, UME, Team-Based Learning,

General Information

Student,Faculty,Clerkship Director,Clerkship Coordinator,
Medical Knowledge,Interpersonal & Communication Skills,Practice-Based Learning & Improvement,
Team-Based Learning,
Clinical Focus

Author Information

Kelli Krase, MD, University of Kansas Medical Center; Carrie Malcom, PhD; Kimberly Swan, MD

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