Analyzing a follow-up needs assessment: Increased use of internet-based APSA educational programs by pediatric surgeons.
PURPOSE: Needs assessment is a critical component of educational program design. Follow-up is important for improvement. Two electronic educational programs, Exam-based Pediatric surgery Educational Reference Tool (ExPERT) and Pediatric Surgery Not a Textbook (NaT), offered by the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) have been functional for over three years, allowing for follow-up assessment.
METHODS: A 22-question survey was distributed via email to APSA members. Questions included practice demographics, learning preferences and APSA material use. Mann-Whitney analysis was performed (p<0.05).
RESULTS: 294 members responded. 43% were in academic practice with a pediatric surgery fellowship. Top preferences for obtaining/maintaining medical knowledge were national meetings (27%), ExPERT (24%), and the NaT (20%). Comparatively, in a 2014 assessment, electronic programs were less desired (16%). Cost was cited by >1/3 for not subscribing to ExPERT or NaT. Question discussions were often read regardless of response. >86% would subscribe to APSA resources if there were no CME requirement. The most frequently cited knowledge gap was fetal therapy (30%).
CONCLUSIONS: This is the first publication documenting increased acceptance of electronic educational platforms for pediatric surgeons. Well-utilized and valued, the data justify and encourage continued development of electronic educational resources. Room for improvement exists in affordability, knowledge gaps, and individualizing curriculum development.
LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: IV.
Journal of pediatric surgery
Continuing education; Online learning; Surgery
Taylor, J. A., Snyder, C. L., Lillehei, C., Powell, D. M. Analyzing a follow-up needs assessment: Increased use of internet-based APSA educational programs by pediatric surgeons. Journal of pediatric surgery 55, 2083-2087 (2020).