Purpose :This study sought to ascertain the preferred learning modalities of hospitalists using the VARK questionnaire in an effort to potentially tailor future teaching strategies to these learners.
Description: We conducted an anonymous survey of day hospitalists at Northwell Health Long Island Jewish Medical Center using a paper version of the VARK questionnaire. A demographic sheet to assess preferred learning modality among hospitalists and perceived resident learning modality was included along with the questionnaire. Twenty-six of thirty-four day hospitalists completed the questionnaire (77% response rate). Results were tabulated and analyzed by the VARK Research Service using the VARK Research Algorithm. Sixteen of twenty-six participants (62%) showed a preference for a single modality. The most common preferred modality was Visual (46%), followed by Aural (8%), Read/Write (4%), and Kinesthetic (4%). Ten of twenty-six respondents (38%) showed a multimodal preference. Nine of these respondents (90% of multimodal learners; 35% of all participants) were classified as VARK Type I learners, meaning they have 2, 3, or 4 almost equal preferences in their VARK score.
Hospitalists have a variety of preferred learning modalities. Most hospitalists surveyed (62%) did have a single modality preference. However, given the variety of learning styles present among hospitalists, a multimodal approach to presenting information to hospitalists for learning should be employed. A combination of Visual (graphic), Aural (heard or spoken), Read/Write (information displayed as words), & Kinesthetic (experiential or practice) modes should all be used to promote successful hospitalist learning.
To cite this abstract:Raghavan, S; LaVine, S . ASSESSMENT OF HOSPITALIST LEARNING STYLE PREFERENCES. Abstract published at Hospital Medicine 2017, May 1-4, 2017; Las Vegas, Nev. Abstract 41. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2017; 12 (suppl 2). https://www.shmabstracts.com/abstract/assessment-of-hospitalist-learning-style-preferences/. Accessed September 23, 2019.