An online curriculum in movement disorders for neurology housestaff

Sara M. Schaefer, Lina Vadlamani, Prerak Juthani, Elan D. Louis, Amar Patel, Sule Tinaz, Ana Vives Rodriguez, Jeremy J. Moeller

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Introduction: In many neurology residency programs, outpatient neurology subspecialties are underrepresented. Trainee exposure to these subspecialties, including movement disorders, is limited by paucity and variability of clinical experiences. We designed a structured educational tool to address this variability and allow for standardization of elements of movement disorders teaching. Methods: We designed and implemented a web-based curriculum in movement disorders for neurology housestaff, in order to improve participant knowledge. The curriculum includes an introduction with a structured framework for the description of abnormal movements and 10 interactive modules focusing on common movement disorders. The curriculum was piloted with nine neurology housestaff at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Evaluation of the curriculum was performed using pre- and post-tests, a survey, and semi-structured interviews. Results: The mean pre-test score was 0.7 (±0.19), and the mean post-test score was 0.95 (±0.05) (t = 3.27). Surveys demonstrated mean Likert values >4/5 for all questions in all categories (knowledge acquisition, quantity, enthusiasm and technical). Semi-structured interviews revealed the following themes: 1) the modules increased participant comfort with the topic, 2) the format was engaging, and 3) the curriculum accommodated different learning styles. All participants remarked that the structured framework was a particular strength. Conclusion: We have created, implemented, and evaluated a foundational curriculum in movement disorders for neurology trainees, using readily-available technology. Housestaff responded positively to the curriculum, both in terms of content and format. This curriculum can be implemented in a variety of educational settings, as a central component of a standardized approach to movement disorders teaching.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100035
JournalClinical Parkinsonism and Related Disorders
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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