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Adaptive tutorials versus web-based resources in radiology: a mixed methods analysis in junior doctors of efficacy and engagement

  • Wade, Stuart W. T.1, 2
  • Moscova, Michelle2
  • Tedla, Nicodemus2
  • Moses, Daniel A.1, 2
  • Young, Noel3
  • Kyaw, Merribel4
  • Velan, Gary M.2
  • 1 Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia , Sydney (Australia)
  • 2 The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia , Sydney (Australia)
  • 3 Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia , Sydney (Australia)
  • 4 Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia , Sydney (Australia)
Published Article
BMC Medical Education
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Sep 14, 2020
DOI: 10.1186/s12909-020-02237-8
Springer Nature


BackgroundRadiology education is limited in undergraduate Medicine programs. Junior doctors might not have the necessary background to effectively order and interpret diagnostic imaging investigations. Furthermore, junior doctors are often time-poor, balancing clinical commitments with ongoing learning, leadership and teaching responsibilities. Previous studies have demonstrated the efficacy of radiology-themed online adaptive tutorials for senior medical students. Such adaptive tutorials might therefore be an efficient and effective form of radiology education for junior doctors.MethodsA randomised controlled crossover trial was performed to evaluate the impact of adaptive tutorials on learning the indications for, and interpretation of, basic imaging studies, compared with peer-reviewed web-based resources. Ninety-one volunteer junior doctors, comprising 53 postgraduate year 1 (PGY 1) and 38 postgraduate year 2 (PGY 2), were randomly allocated into two groups. In the first phase of the trial, focusing on head CT, one group accessed adaptive tutorials while the other received web-based resources. In the second phase of the trial, focusing on chest CT, the groups crossed over. Following each phase of the trial, participants completed exam-style online assessments. At the conclusion of the study, participants also completed an online questionnaire regarding perceived engagement and efficacy of each type of educational resource.ResultsJunior doctors completed the adaptive tutorials significantly faster than the relevant web-based resources for both head CT and chest CT (p = 0.03 and < 0.01 respectively). Mean quiz scores were higher in the groups receiving adaptive tutorials on head CT and chest CT (86.4% vs 83.5 and 77.7% vs 75% respectively). However, in contrast to previous studies in senior medical students, these differences were not statistically significant. Participants reported higher engagement and perceived value of adaptive tutorials, compared with web-based resources.ConclusionsAdaptive tutorials are more time-efficient than existing web-based resources for learning radiology by junior doctors, while both types of resources were equally effective for learning in this cohort. Junior doctors found the adaptive tutorials more engaging and were more likely to recommend these resources to their colleagues.

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