Associations between teaching effectiveness and participant self-reflection in continuing medical education

John T. Ratelle, Sara L. Bonnes, Amy T. Wang, Saswati Mahapatra, Cathy D. Schleck, Jayawant Mandrekar, Karen F. Mauck, Thomas J. Beckman, Christopher M. Wittich

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Abstract

Effective medical educators can engage learners through self-reflection. However, little is known about the relationships between teaching effectiveness and self-reflection in continuing medical education (CME). We aimed to determine associations between presenter teaching effectiveness and participant self-reflection in conference-based CME. This cross-sectional study evaluated presenters and participants at a national CME course. Participants provided CME teaching effectiveness (CMETE) ratings and self-reflection scores for each presentation. Overall CMETE and CME self-reflection scores (five-point Likert scale with one as strongly disagree and five as strongly agree) were averaged for each presentation. Correlations were measured among self-reflection, CMETE, and presentation characteristics. In total, 624 participants returned 430 evaluations (response, 68.9%) for the 38 presentations. Correlation between CMETE and self-reflection was medium (Pearson correlation, 0.3–0.5) or large (0.5–1.0) for most presentations (n = 33, 86.9%). Higher mean (SD) CME reflection scores were associated with clinical cases (3.66 [0.12] vs. 3.48 [0.14]; p = 0.003) and audience response (3.66 [0.12] vs. 3.51 [0.14]; p = 0.005). To our knowledge, this is the first study to show a relationship between teaching effectiveness and participant self-reflection in conference-based CME. Presenters should consider using clinical cases and audience response systems to increase teaching effectiveness and promote self-reflection among CME learners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalMedical Teacher
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StateAccepted/In press - Mar 16 2017

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  • Medicine(all)
  • Education

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Ratelle, J. T., Bonnes, S. L., Wang, A. T., Mahapatra, S., Schleck, C. D., Mandrekar, J., Mauck, K. F., Beckman, T. J., & Wittich, C. M. (Accepted/In press). Associations between teaching effectiveness and participant self-reflection in continuing medical education. Medical Teacher, 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1080/0142159X.2017.1301655