Abstract T P198: The Importance of Formal Training in Telemedicine During Stroke Fellowship
Objective: Telemedicine (TM) consultation for evaluating acute stroke patients improves access to vascular neurologists. However, TM training and its application to clinical practice has not been formally addressed . We surveyed the graduates of our stroke fellowship training program regarding TM training and the educational value of TM exposure during their fellowship.
Methods: This is a descriptive study, using an anonymous 23-question online survey distributed to the 30 stroke fellows who have graduated in the past 10 years from our institution. The fellows had different amounts of TM exposure due rotational variability but provided coverage in a 14-spoke TM network during their assigned time. We gathered information about prior training, current practice, and opinions regarding formalized TM training. Answers to specific questions were based on a 1-5 scale (1-strongly disagree, 2-disagree, 3- neural, 4-agree, 5-strongly agree). Responses were analyzed using descriptive statistics.
Results: We received surveys from 21 prior fellows, of which 16 graduated in the past 5 years, and 5 in the past 6 to10 years. 14 (67%) are currently practicing in an academic environment and all are either providing care to stroke patients or a combination of stroke and general neurology. 19 (92%) performed TM during fellowship and 13 (62%) are currently using TM. Most, 17 (81%), thought TM training is necessary in a 1 year stroke fellowship and recommended approximately a 4 week rotation. Responses to the 5-point scale questions are summarized in Figure 1.
Conclusion: According to our graduates, TM training is important and should become a formalized component of fellowship. TM education needs to be emphasized with specific guidelines implemented by accrediting educational bodies given the increasing application of TM in clinical practice. A larger survey is planned of recent graduates of fellowship programs.
Author Disclosures: J. Jia: Research Grant; Significant; National Institutes of Health (NIH). S. Savitz: Research Grant; Significant; National Institutes of Health (NIH). A. Sarraj: None. T. Wu: Speakers' Bureau; Significant; Genentech.
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