Background: The inpatient ward provides a unique opportunity for innovative educational approaches. Hospitalists can champion novel educational applications and address millennial’s learning preferences. Many faculty lack adequate training in teaching skills, yet clinician educators must be knowledgeable and confident in their teaching abilities. COVID-19 clarified that in-person faculty development (FD) events are questionable as future educational efforts, whereas asynchronous digital engagement allows for flexibility, supporting on-demand learning. (1) Barriers to teaching include time, space, and confidence, however mobile technology can support teaching efforts. Pediatric residents showed a statistically significant association between mobile app usage featuring teaching scripts and teaching frequency. (2) As faculty balance patient care and trainee education demands, mobile technology facilitates efficient workflow.(3)
Purpose: FD must align with trends that require ‘Just-in-Time-Teaching’ (JiTT) models for content delivery. Apps can support clinicians supervising learners on their teams with evidenced-based knowledge and skills reflective of current practice. Geographically dispersed health systems require accessibility to educational resources for all faculty. The JiTT Infographic App (JiTTIA) supports clinical teachers’ access to free open access medical education (FOAM) delivered asynchronously as a FD strategy.
Description: JiTTIA was created as a technology-assisted pedagogic approach to purposeful teaching using the conceptual framework S.A.M.R (substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition. Our JiTTIA (N=20 categories and 140 JITTs) provide innovative evidence-based teaching tips adaptable to diverse clinical environments for faculty and trainees.Each JiTT provides graphic images & text to explain foundational and specialty-specific clinical teaching tips & are downloadable as PDFs . Content was developed by medical educators, clinician-educators and trainees using published literature and experience. The 20 categories include many JiTTs under each. In the Foundational category JiTTs focus on the basics of teaching, with brief podcasts to support learners who prefer listening to content. To visualize JiTTs, view 2 figures included. Titles include “setting expectation and bedside teaching.” Content specific to internal & family medicine, pediatrics, ob/gyn, surgery, em, psychiatry, and neurology is featured. Specialty categories include research, self-care & well-being & professionalism. During COVID 19, a “Social Justice” category was added to support timely education. A mobile App can ensure FOAM and highlight the rapid integration and dissemination of current issues “Just in Time.”
Conclusions: JiTT is available to download as a free App for mobile devices. As of November 2021, 3,410 unique users across 91 countries downloaded the app. An informational YouTube guide was viewed 329 times. Optional review questions are available for users to self-assess knowledge acquired. Preliminary analysis notes the popularity of the foundational teaching category. On-going efforts focus on App evaluation capturing end-user feedback via surveys, and analyzing learner engagement metrics. Translation to other languages is underway. The results support a global interest in utilizing technology to increase accessibility to FOAM through collaborative resource creation and sharing.