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MANUSCRIPT: Adapting Web-based Instruction to Residents’ Knowledge Improves Learning Efficiency A Randomized Controlled Trial

BACKGROUND: Increased clinical demands and decreased available time accentuate the need for efficient learning in postgraduate medical training. Adapting Web-based learning (WBL) to learners’ prior knowledge may improve efficiency.
OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that time spent learning would be shorter and test scores not adversely affected for residents who used a WBL intervention that adapted to prior knowledge.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2517946/pdf/11606_2008_Article_541.pdf

Brian S McGowan, PhD

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Brian is a research scientist and educational technologist. He helped transform Pfizer’s Medical Education Group and previously served in educational leadership roles at HealthAnswers, Inc.; Acumentis, LLC.; Cephalon; and Wyeth. He taught graduate medical education programs at Arcadia University for 10 years. Dr. McGowan recently authored the book "#socialQI: Simple Solutions for Improving Your Healthcare" and has been invited to speak internationally on the subject of information flow, technology, and learning in healthcare.

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