Online-learning: exploring practices among Foundation doctors
Postgraduate medical education involves the use of online-learning tools. However, there is a paucity of data on the use of online-learning among doctors who are in their 1st and 2nd years of professional work after graduating from medical school (also known as Foundation doctors). Our aim was to explore the use of online-learning among Foundation doctors.
A cross-sectional study was carried out, using convenience sampling. During one month, 66 Foundation doctors from across 2 district hospitals and 1 teaching hospital in Southeast England filled out a specially designed questionnaire. Data were collected and analyzed using Microsoft Excel™, and reported in numbers and percentages.
The majority of Foundation doctors (86.4% (n=57)) reported using online-learning packages. These are the tools which consist of key information on a particular topic, and may be interactive and broken down into several smaller modules. Less than half embarked on online-learning in their 1st month of employment, with a decline in the numbers who started in the later months. Of those who reported completing online-learning packages, 57.9% (n=33) reported completing non-compulsory modules, 66.7% (n=38) reported completing a range of 0-15 modules per week, and 75.4% (n=43) completed the modules without skipping components. More Foundation doctors reported using online-learning for lifelong learning (63.6% (n=42)) and filling knowledge gaps (51.5% (n=34)) than improving their practice following a mistake (24.2% (n=16)). Additionally, onlinelearning was used less frequently than medical websites or search engines, for the aforementioned purposes.
Most Foundation doctors use online-learning, but this needs to be incorporated into their postgraduate learning activities earlier in their career and directed more towards improving their clinical practice.
Journal of Advances in Medical Education & Professionalism, Volume:7 Issue: 1, 2019
14 - 19  
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