Use of an Interactive Web Site to Improve Communication and Education at an Academic Hospitalist Program

1University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM

Meeting: Hospital Medicine 2011, May 10-13, Dallas, Texas.

Abstract number: 200

Background:

Over 12 months, our academic hospitalist section expanded by nearly 50% and was intimately involved with major changes in the residency ward structure. Section members repeatedly cited the need for improved communication about administrative and educational matters.

Purpose:

To provide a readily available interactive Web site for use by our hospitalist section to communicate about administrative and educational matters.

Description:

We established an interactive Web site for use by our hospitalist section through a free Internet service (www.unmhospitalist.pbworks.com). Section members were invited to register and were allowed to contribute comments, edit existing pages, add pages, upload files, and provide links to other Web sites. Viewing rights to the Web site were unrestricted. The initial Web site was begun with 6 pages. In the first month, 16 of 17 of our hospitalists and 2 of 3 of our midlevel providers registered and subsequently made contributions to the Web site. In the first 90 days, 85 new pages were created, and 132 files were uploaded, creating a Web site of 120 MB. Of the first 91 pages, 47 dealt with administrative issues (such as schedules, committee meetings, minutes, credentialing, billing, and coding), 27 involved specific information about the residency and new ward structure, 14 specifically addressed educational topics, and 4 addressed faculty development and research efforts. At the end of 1 year, 289 pages and 330 files had been added, creating a Web site of 627 MB (Fig. 1). Lectures by hospitalists are now recorded and uploaded to the site. The Web site is now frequently viewed by residents and medical students, who cite the value of the educational pages and pages that deal with residency issues. Eighty percent of surveyed hospitalists found the site to be helpful or very helpful. To date, the size of the Web site has not exceeded the initial free service, and the section has incurred no direct cost related to this project.

Conclusions:

Establishment of an interactive Web site resulted in contributions by almost all hospitalists in our section, has improved communication, and proved to be of value to medical students and residents with regard to education.

Disclosures:

K. Rogers ‐ none; A. Worsham ‐ none; J. Pierce ‐ none

To cite this abstract:

Rogers K, Worsham A, Pierce J. Use of an Interactive Web Site to Improve Communication and Education at an Academic Hospitalist Program. Abstract published at Hospital Medicine 2011, May 10-13, Dallas, Texas. Abstract 200. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2011; 6 (suppl 2). https://www.shmabstracts.com/abstract/use-of-an-interactive-web-site-to-improve-communication-and-education-at-an-academic-hospitalist-program/. Accessed March 28, 2020.

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