PICU Passport: Pilot study of a handheld resident curriculum

Adrian D. Zurca, Conrad Krawiec, Daniel McKeone, Adil Z. Solaiman, Brandon M. Smith, Gary D. Ceneviva

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Background: To explore the impact of an educational tool designed to streamline resident learning during their pediatric intensive care (PICU) rotations. Methods: Topics and procedures were chosen for inclusion based on national requirements for pediatric residents. Residents received a PICU Passport at the beginning of their rotations. PICU faculty were provided learning objectives for each topic. Residents and faculty were surveyed before and after starting use of the Passport. Results: Twenty-two residents pre-Passport and 38 residents post-Passport were compared. Residents were more satisfied with their educational experiences (27 % vs. 79 %; P < 0.001), more likely to report faculty targeted teaching towards knowledge gaps (5 % vs. 63 %; P < 0.001) and felt more empowered to ask faculty to discuss specific topics (27 % vs. 76 %; P = 0.002). The median number of teaching sessions increased from 3 to 10 (Z = 4.2; P < 0.001). Most residents (73 %) felt the Passport helped them keep track of their learning and identify gaps in their knowledge. Conclusions: The PICU Passport helps residents keep track of their learning and identify gaps in their knowledge. Passport use increases resident satisfaction with education during their PICU rotation and empowers residents to ask PICU faculty to address specific knowledge gaps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number281
JournalBMC medical education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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