Teaching Millennials Clinical Skills: Video Selfies, Anyone?

Clinical Skills: In this innovation report from the Really Good Stuff series, investigators studied the use of video selfies for students learning to interview patients. In the video-selfie group, students used iPods to record themselves, then reviewed and edited the footage to create 5 minute “highlight” clips to present to a small group of peers and faculty preceptor after giving an oral case presentation. Control group students interviewed patients and gave oral presentations without use of video. Students reported that reviewing and editing their videos allowed self-reflection and that presenting videos to peers facilitated discussions and identified “key incidents” and learning moments missed during oral presentations alone. The use of video selfies may be appealing to both millennial students who are tech savvy and, for the most part, quite comfortable with selfies, as well as to course directors at schools struggling with direct observation of students by faculty. This approach also takes advantage of a feature on mobile devices that many students already carry in their pockets, obviating the need for schools to rely on high cost audio-visual systems. But keep in mind that this study was done in a research setting with patient consent. Whether this approach will be well accepted by patients and students in other settings, and whether the mounting video footage to be viewed will be perceived as increased workload by the faculty remain to be seen. — Sarang Kim, MD

T Sellito, A Ryan and T Judd. “Video selfies” for feedback and reflection. Med Educ 2016;50:564-591.

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