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ePoster Presentation

(EP-157) Telemedicine in Graduate Medical Education

Monday, April 24
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Experience Zone - ePosters

Objectives
As telemedicine grows and technology plays a larger role in the delivery of medical care, medical education should adapt to reflect these changes. There are few studies that demonstrate the amount of didactics or experiential exposure that medical students receive or their perceptions on whether this is an important aspect of their training. This study has 3 objectives in assessing the current state of telemedicine education in medical school.
1. Describe students’ interest and exposure to telemedicine in medical school curriculum.
2. Analyze the gaps in training and needs for future practice
3. Apply learnings to integrate telemedicine into medical schools’ curriculums.


Methods
An IRB approved online survey was devised and disseminated electronically via Survey Monkey to students at George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine during March of 2016. The 11-question, Likert-scale, survey was distributed to second year (MS2) and fourth year (MS4) medical students via the school’s email list-serves.

Results
A total of 136 surveys were voluntarily completed without compensation. Students’ responses were analyzed by class year and collectively. 2% of GWU MS2s and 71.8% of MS4s agreed or strongly agreed that telemedicine is an important aspect of a medical school’s curriculum. 82.6% of GWU students reported they had none or very little training in telemedicine during the first two years of medical school and 76.1% reported having none or very little training by their fourth year of medical school. 3.3% of students felt prepared or very prepared to practice telemedicine. 1.7% of students were satisfied or very satisfied with the telemedicine curriculum at GWU.

Conclusion
The results of the study demonstrate that GWU students do not feel adequately trained in telemedicine. Less than 2% of GWU students were satisfied with their telemedicine training and less than 4% felt prepared to practice telemedicine. However, 95% of students reported at least some interest in learning more about telemedicine and over 80% believed that telemedicine will play a large part in physician practices 10 years from now. These results demonstrate that there is a need for increased telemedicine training at George Washington University. These findings are unlikely to be localized to George Washington University and therefore we are initiating a second phase of survey distribution to other medical schools around the world. A third phase would include expansion to other medical training such as residency, nursing, and PT/OT. In order to produce technologically competent providers in the future, we must integrate telemedicine training into medical training now.

Abdulaziz Almehlisi

Dr. ABDULAZIZ ALMEHLISI
George Washington University Emergency Medicine Residency

Dr. Abdulaziz Almehlisi is a Emergency Medicine Resident at George Washington University Medical Center. He attended medical school at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Abdulaziz Almehlisi is a Emergency Medicine Resident at George Washington University Medical Center. He attended medical school at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia.

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Neal Sikka

Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates

Neal Sikka is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and
a board certified emergency physician at The George Washington University
Hospital. He is the Director of the Innovative Practice Section at the GW Medical
Faculty Associates. Dr. Sikka oversees the GW MFA Telemedicine Communication
Center, is the Emergency Department Information System Physician Application
Manager, and is an active member of the GW mHealth Collaborative.
Dr. Sikka has been a faculty member of the Department of Emergency Medicine
since 2003, a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a
member of the American Telemedicine Association. He has published and spoken
extensively on medical informatics, telemedicine, mobile health, telestroke and
innovative medical practice and design. He has completed a McKesson Foundation grant studying the
use of SMS messaging in diabetic patients and a CMMI Innovation Challenge Grant
examining the use of telemedicine in home peritoneal dialysis. Currently, Dr Sikka and his team are conducting a CareFirst Foundation grant studying the impact of specialty consultations with a FQHC. He is involved in in
providing medical services via telemedicine to ships at sea, to remote clinics and
teams, as well as correctional facilities.

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