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.”