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An evaluation of medical student-led podcasts: what are the lessons learnt?

Authors Kapoor S, Catton R, Khalil H

Received 7 August 2017

Accepted for publication 27 December 2017

Published 20 February 2018 Volume 2018:9 Pages 133—138

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/AMEP.S148513

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Dr Md Anwarul Majumder


Smriti Kapoor,1 Rory Catton,2 Hisham Khalil1,2

1Peninsula Medical School, 2Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK

Background: Student-led podcasts were developed by 5th year Peninsula Medical School students as part of an educational grant. The students completed 35 video podcasts using PREZI software, and based on clinical indicative presentations of the Peninsula Medical School curriculum.
Methods: Third, 4th and 5th year medical students were invited to complete the evaluation of the indicative presentation video podcasts they watched. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected through anonymized questionnaires. A thematic analysis of qualitative data was carried out
Results: Seven hundred and fifty students were invited to evaluate the podcasts of which 142 responded to the email. One hundred and forty-two students were assigned podcasts, of whom 122 completed the podcast questionnaire (85.9%), with 20 students dropping out for unknown reasons. The majority of the students found the podcasts to be clear, of an appropriate length, targeted at the right academic level and providing a good method of learning. However, there were mixed views in relation to the preference of podcasts over conventional learning methods. The thematic analysis identified positive comments and areas of improvement for the podcasts.
Conclusion: Podcasts conducted in an interview style with an engaging voice and images are thought to help maintain student engagement from their perspective. Further evaluation/research is required to help establish the correct depth and breadth of information to be included in podcasts.

Keywords: video podcasts, student views, learning resources, medical education

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