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Join the Club: Integration of the CREOG Journal Club Curriculum Improves OBGYN Residents Statistical Literacy

 

Purpose: To evaluate the impact on resident comprehension of biostatistics and research methodology after restructuring a residency journal club based on the CREOG journal club curriculum.

 

Background: Studies reveal dismal resident performance on statistical literacy evaluations. However, little is known regarding OBGYN residents’ ability to interpret research methodology and results and how these abilities are impacted by the integration of evidence-based medicine principles into journal club curricula.

 

Methods: A pre-/post-intervention study of 22 OBGYN residents at a single institution was conducted to evaluate the impact of integrating the new curriculum (intervention). Participants were administered a survey comprised of 3 sections: a questionnaire in which residents ranked their perceived ability to analyze research literature, a previously validated fifteen question epidemiological/biostatistical knowledge tool, and five questions assessing the curriculum changes. Analysis was performed using Chi-square test, Wilcoxon rank sum test, and paired t-test.

 

Results: The overall mean percentage correct on statistical knowledge and interpretation of results pre-intervention was 36.6% versus 67.3% (p<0.0001) post-intervention. Higher pre-intervention scores were associated with prior biostatistics training (45.2% vs 32.9%; p=.001); however, post-intervention, scores were equivalent (66.9% vs 69.4%; p=0.753). Residents (90.9%) preferred the restructured journal club, and 19/22 (86.3%) residents report their desire to continue participating in this journal club format post-training.

 

Discussions: Significant improvement in residents’ biostatistics knowledge, with resultant increased confidence in their ability to interpret clinical research results, was a demonstrated outcome of the implementation of the CREOG journal club format. Residency programs can provide more effective biostatistics training by incorporating this curriculum.

Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2019, Resident, Faculty, Osteopathic Faculty, Residency Director, Residency Coordinator, Medical Knowledge, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, GME, CME, Assessment, Problem-Based Learning,

General Information


Intended
Audience
Resident,Faculty,Osteopathic Faculty,Residency Director,Residency Coordinator,
Competencies
Addressed
Medical Knowledge,Practice-Based Learning & Improvement,
Educational
Continuum
GME,CME,
Educational
Focus
Assessment,Problem-Based Learning,
Clinical Focus

Author Information

Elizabeth Wegleitner, MD, MS, Mercy Hospital St Louis; Octavio Chirino, MD, FACS

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