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COMSEP Meeting in Ottawa, ON

Poster Presentation:

APPlying objectives to teaching - is there a better way?

Lara . Hart,McMaster University,Hamilton,Ontario,Laura Morrissey,University of Toronto,Toronto,Ontario,Ji . Cheng,McMaster University,Hamilton,Ontario,Anthony Levinson,McMaster University,Hamilton,Ontario,Angela Punnett,University of Toronto,Toronto,Ontario,Andrew Latchman,McMaster University,Hamilton,Ontario


Rising smartphone and application (app) usage in the healthcare profession has created new opportunities to develop apps for medical education. Based on the curriculum in pediatrics by PUPDOC (pediatric undergraduate program directors of Canada), McMaster University created the PedsClerk web app. By providing a detailed description of the learning objectives, the PedsClerk web app was developed to enhance and promote teaching during the core pediatric clerkship rotation. 


The aim of this study was to examine the PedsClerk app’s usage and whether users found it beneficial to their teaching and learning in pediatric clerkship.



59 /99 educators (59.5%),63/105 McMaster clerks (60%) and 40/86 University of Toronto clerks (46.5%) completed surveys. Of the students using the app, 53% found it ‘very beneficial’ or ‘beneficial’, and 46.2% would recommend its use to others. 77-85% found it visually pleasing, easy to navigate and clearly laid out. 11 educators (18.6%) used the app to guide teaching, with 3 of 11 using the app ‘very often’ or ‘often’. Of the University of Toronto trainees, 90% were not aware of the PUPDOC website and 60% had no or little knowledge of the clerkship rotation objectives.


With the easy to use and visually pleasing app, students’ knowledge of the pediatric clerkship objectives improved. However, overall, students and faculty have limited knowledge of pediatric objectives and are not accessing the objectives in either the app format or by other means. Further research should be aimed at better understanding why learners are not accessing the objectives, and which resources they are using to guide their learning.