Gamification — the use of game-like scenarios for teaching or training purposes — is trending. Supporters cite several advantages to using gamification techniques, including increased learner engagement and enjoyment. For healthcare professionals, among the most time-poor in the world, increased engagement and enjoyment will make training less boring. But does gamification in healthcare training actually work to improve content mastery?
In the universal set “healthcare training,” there are many subsets. Professional healthcare subgroups requiring specialized training include:
The best healthcare employee training should do more than identify your employees’ strengths and target their weak areas. It should diagnose and treat unconscious incompetence — what healthcare employees don’t know they don’t know.
How confident are you that your end users are choosing the appropriate treatments for their patients as knowledgeably and as responsibly as they can? If your answer is anywhere along the spectrum of “I’m not sure” to “I’m reasonably confident,” then there’s work to be done.
Simulation training is indispensable in healthcare because it’s a safe space for learning: there are no life-or-death consequences attached to mistakes in the world of simulated medical emergencies. But simulation training by itself isn’t adequate to keep employees up-to-date in their medical knowledge and skills — you need additional learning tools and an effective training program to optimize your training impact and meet the evolving needs of training for healthcare systems today.
Should pharmaceutical companies care about external training, i.e., training physician end users to use their products effectively and safely while optimizing patient care? The answer is obvious: of course they should. Effective external training means better use of your products and more optimal patient care — and better business outcomes for your company.
Imagine this hypothetical situation: if you had to choose between two heart surgeons, both of whom had passed their Board exams, but one had achieved the minimum passing score and the other had scored 99%, which one would you choose?
Healthcare professionals all have the same goals: do what’s best for the patient and optimize patient care. But globally, iatrogenesis — the unintended adverse effects of medical intervention on patients — is a problem. So how do healthcare professionals produce better outcomes — and reduce iatrogenic effects — across the board?
Microlearning is an e-learning approach that breaks lessons into smaller chunks in order to make the training feel more manageable. Because of this, microlearning may seem like an attractive choice for an e-learning training solution for healthcare staff working under time pressure.
Researchers and physicians at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and NEJM Group conducted a survey study to determine user experiences with an adaptive learning platform and the impact on first-time American Board of Internal Medicine Certifying Examination (ABIM-CE) test takers. The study was published in AMEE MedEd Publish, an open access online journal for medical and health-care professionals.
The survey study examines the NEJM Knowledge+ adaptive learning platform, which we co-developed with NEJM Group, and found that the majority of respondents rated the platform as helpful and the content as good or excellent for exam preparation and relevant to their learning needs. The study also found that a significantly higher proportion of users reported passing the ABIM-CE on their first attempt compared to the national average (95 percent vs. 89 percent).
Unconscious incompetence is when you don’t know that you don’t know. You think you are doing one aspect of your job correctly when you actually aren’t. Our data shows that employees can be 15-40% unconsciously incompetent in critical aspects of their job. It’s a problem that hits every industry and affects efficiency and productivity everywhere. But in certain sectors, unconscious incompetence can be even more harmful — healthcare is one of these.