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Anna Handorf, MD




Research Fellow




Research Fellow in Medical Simulation


Medical Simulation


Anna Handorf, MD; Michael Healy, EdD; Weizhen Tan, MD; Iman Moawad, PharmD; Anna Klouda, MD; Alice Lu, MD; Wendy Hardiman, DNP, MSN, RN; Ariel Frey-Vogel, MD, MAT

The TinyTalks Curriculum: Developing Chalk-Talk Style Videos to Support Today’s Learners

I think the Women in Medicine & Science Symposium is an excellent way to amplify the exceptional and innovative research that so many women dedicate themselves to on a daily basis. I would like to share my interest in leveraging technology to augment medical education by providing high-yield resources that can be used flexibly. I believe that strengthening the educational experiences of trainees and faculty, alike, can help all to navigate complexities of medical education training and ultimately deliver safer patient care.

Background: Educational opportunities must consider learner needs. Today’s learners prefer short, self-directed, on demand learning incorporating technology. Despite these preferences, the MGHfC residency curriculum involves traditional didactics. Our objective was to use Kern’s 6-step approach to curriculum development to create a curriculum incorporating technology to meet residents’ learning needs.

Methods: Using a literature review and broad needs assessment (step 1), we identified the problem. Results of a needs assessment survey of residents (step 2) informed goals, objectives, and educational strategies (steps 3,4). We are developing and implementing a curriculum of chalk-talk videos (step 5), with plans to evaluate its effectiveness (step 6).

Results: Pediatric residents are dissatisfied with the current curriculum. Based on literature, we are creating a curriculum of short, chalk-talk videos. 44/64 (69%) residents completed a needs assessment survey indicating they are least knowledgeable in genetics, and most request nephrology content and teachers from six interprofessional disciplines. We created brief training videos on preparing chalk-talk videos. Four physicians and one pharmacist created pilot content videos.

Conclusions: Guided by Kern’s framework, we are developing a curriculum of short, chalk-talk videos taught by interprofessional clinicians that can be used flexibly by pediatric residents. We call this project “The TinyTalks Curriculum.”