Use of Flipped Classroom and Screen-Based Simulation for Interdisciplinary Critical Care Fellow Teaching of Electroencephalogram Interpretation

NCJ_cover.jpgBy Brenda G. Fahy, Terrie Vasilopoulos & Destiny F. Chau

First Online:
18 May 2020

Continuous electroencephalography (EEG) is an important intensive care unit (ICU) monitor; ICU physicians need training to identify and treat time-sensitive EEG patterns [12]. EEG familiarity is an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education requirement for critical care fellows (CCFs). This prospective cohort study used interdisciplinary educational approach for EEG interpretation teaching of CCFs using a flipped classroom model and simulation. The flipped classroom instructional method involves independent self-directed learning: students complete the lesson at “home” with “homework” completed in the classroom. The learner is responsible for initial knowledge acquisition with application developed with the teacher’s guidance. This study’s flipped classroom “lesson” was a web-based online audiovisual podcast. The “homework” involved a neurophysiologist-scheduled instructional EEG reading session (“classroom” time). We hypothesized this curriculum would improve EEG interpretation as assessed by evaluation tools before and after training and be positively perceived. Secondary analyses compared score improvement following the simulation curriculum with a prior cohort (control group) without the simulation to determine whether simulation curriculum rating was related to EEG skills improvement.

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