Diabetes Curriculum for Pediatric Endocrine Fellowship Utilizing Modified Team-Based Learning

MedEdPORTAL. 2020 Aug 13;16:10948. doi: 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10948.


Introduction: While type 1 diabetes is frequently encountered clinically in pediatric endocrinology fellowship training, other types of diabetes may only be encountered in educational settings. Adult learners learn best through knowledge application, but to date there are no published curricula utilizing application educational strategies for all forms of diabetes.

Methods: We utilized a team-based learning (TBL) approach to create four modules on different types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, neonatal diabetes, and maturity-onset diabetes of the young. We divided our fellows (all training years, n = 11) into two teams and delivered four separate, 90-minute sessions. To emphasize the application of knowledge, we modified the format to combine the readiness assurance test (RAT) with application problem (APP) questions. The combined RAT/APP questions were answered by individuals and teams. We analyzed scores from individual and team tests and evaluated each module. Additionally, we acquired subjective data from the fellows regarding their experiences.

Results: Teams outperformed individuals on the tests, as expected (94% vs. 76% correct questions, respectively). All the fellows agreed that the sessions should be included permanently. Additionally, all agreed the sessions helped them apply knowledge. Subjectively, the fellows were very engaged and lively during the sessions and felt the sessions were feasible as implemented.

Discussion: TBL can be a valuable educational strategy to increase the application of knowledge for diabetes in pediatric endocrinology fellows. Future studies examining the use of this strategy to increase critical thinking skills and knowledge retention in the long-term would be useful.

Keywords: Diabetes; Diabetes Mellitus; Fellowship; Fellowship and Scholarship; Problem-Based Learning; Team-Based Learning.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Curriculum
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Fellowships and Scholarships*
  • Humans
  • Learning