Evaluating an Oncology Video Curriculum Designed to Promote Asynchronous Subspecialty Learning for Internal Medicine Residents

J Cancer Educ. 2021 Jan 29;1-8. doi: 10.1007/s13187-021-01968-6. Online ahead of print.


Internal medicine (IM) residents frequently see patients in subspecialty clinics. However, there are few published core subspecialty curricula targeted to residents' learning and practical needs, and little guidance exists regarding delivery of core subspecialty content to residents rotating across multiple clinical sites. Our study objective was to evaluate a novel oncology video curriculum for IM residents as a model for asynchronous subspecialty resident learning. Using the cognitive theory of multimedia learning, we developed a five-part oncology video curriculum targeted specifically to the needs of IM residents. All second- and third-year residents rotating in oncology clinics from October 2018 to March 2019 at a single training program were invited to participate. We evaluated curricular demand, efficacy, and acceptability, using completion rates, knowledge tests, and a survey. Twenty-eight of 31 (90.3%) residents utilized the curriculum. Resident knowledge improved after utilizing the modules, by 36.9% from pre- to posttests (95% CI [31.3-42.5]; P<0.001) and 13.7% from pre- to delayed posttests (95% CI [7.5-20.0]; P<0.001). Twenty-four of 31 (77.4%) answered the survey. Most residents agreed or strongly agreed that the curriculum contributed to their knowledge (95.2%) and added educational value beyond the clinical rotation (93.1%). Our curriculum evaluation supports the asynchronous delivery of oncology education targeted to the learning needs of IM residents using a novel core video curriculum. These curricular methods provide a model for delivering subspecialty education to IM residents with complex and busy schedules.

Keywords: Asynchronous learning; Cancer education; Graduate medical education; Internal medicine education; Oncology education; Resident subspecialty education.