Lectures to my Ears – A Systematic Review into the Potential of Podcasts in Undergraduate Medical Education
Abbie Tutt | University of Warwick
There has been a long tradition of medical students using resources other than lecture notes to study from and the as result of easier access to personal, portable media devices, they have turned to the internet for resources such as videos, blogs and podcasts, which easier fit around busy lifestyles. Due to this, podcasts have been experimented with as educational tools in comparison to their already established teaching delivery methods.
A literature search was carried out using three databases for literature between 2010 and 2020. Papers specifically involving undergraduate medical students and using the noun “podcast” were included and papers were included into the review. Common themes were analysed, and descriptive statistics were derived from categories that papers were sorted into. In total, 189 papers were found and 11 were included in the review.
The aim was to establish how podcasts were used in undergraduate medical education, the effect on student attainment, opinions of medical students on podcasts. It was found that most (82%) papers had used a video-audio podcast rather than the audio only resource as described by the dictionary definition. A broad range of medical topics were taught using podcasts and included clinical skill tasks. Students have reacted positively to the introduction of Podcasts but do not yet prefer them to established teaching tools such as lectures. Students like the interactivity between the educator and themselves which is what Podcasts do not yet achieve. Regarding student attainment, Podcast’s do significantly improve grades as a stand-alone tool however, they do not yet exceed the increase in student attainment as seen in other traditional teaching methods. However, by combining podcasts with established methods, a greater increase in student attainment is seen.
In conclusion, Podcasts do have a positive effect on student attainment but to achieve higher attainment scores and increased knowledge retention, podcasts should be future investigated as a supplementation tool to traditional teaching methods.
Medical Students’ Experiences in the Co-Development of Care Companion, a Personalised Web-based Resource to Support Informal Caring
Adrian McGrath, Rhiannon White | University of Warwick
There is a growing need to address the physical, psychological, and social challenges faced by informal carers in the UK. Care Companion is an innovative online platform, that provides reliable and accessible information for unpaid adult carers. Its website is populated by resources written by medical students under the direction of carers, who are continuously consulted to draw on their experiences of support and current challenges.
This study aims to describe the experiences of medical students in the development of Care Companion and the impact this had on their personal and professional development.
Materials & Methods
Semi-structured interviews were carried out with three medical students involved in the co-development of Care Companion. Interviews were anonymously recorded, transcribed and analysed using iterative thematic analysis to identify important themes.
Overall, participants had a positive experience. The students acknowledge the perceived need and value of the resource and believed they each brought a unique insight to the project which resulted in a better product. Key benefits included: benefit to CV, improvement to clinical skills and financial compensation. The main drawback was time management due to clinical and academic commitments. Medical students felt encouraged to continue their work and pursue more research opportunities in the future.
This study suggests a positive role in for medical students in the co-development of a resource to help carers, with several personal and professional benefits.
Exploring the role of video-enhanced primary care consultations using diagnostic equipment
Rani Issac | University of Warwick
There has been a substantial increase in demand on NHS primary care and GP workload in recent years. Alternatives to traditional GP consultations have been proposed to alleviate staff workload and improve patient access. Video consultations integrate visual components to improve patient experience. A novel method of offering pharmacy based video consultations with diagnostic equipment is available for patients via a private GP service. There is limited research into patient and GP experiences using private video consultation services⁷, but is crucial for safety and quality of care.
Routinely collected patient data from Dec 19 to Jun 20 analysed. Interviews were conducted with ten GPs to explore their experience in providing video consultations, including barriers and benefits. Interviews will be analysed using inductive thematic analysis.
Preliminary evidence following GP interviews point towards an overall positive experience from the GPs. Patient data shows spike in use before lockdown. Benefits include easy and rapid access as well increased reliability for diagnosis. Some of the barriers identified were issues with technology and limitations in hands on examinations. GPs found the service useful and efficient, and felt they could build good doctor-patient relationships.
If these services are a safe and efficient alternative to traditional methods, then these can be widely adopted to help alleviate the pressure on NHS, offering a safe and better quality access to healthcare.