First Army Medical Specialist Corps Hybrid Research Course: Maximizing Attendance While Improving Self-Efficacy
AAPA ePoster library. Duran-Stanton A. 05/17/17; 180508; 126
Amelia Duran-Stanton
Amelia Duran-Stanton
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Objective: To provide information about the first hybrid (in-person and satellite) research course conducted for allied health professionals (which includes PAs). Background: The ***research course was designed as a scientific forum allied health professionals (which includes PAs) on the broad competencies for planning and conducting research. The on-site course has been offered for >30 years. In order to maximize participation of geographically dispersed audience and considering budgetary constraints, the first hybrid course was conducted in 2016 with on-site and satellite students. Purpose: The purpose of this program evaluation was to examine change in self-efficacy to conduct research pre-post course as well as by course delivery mode (on-site vs. satellite site). Method: Students attended the 43-hour post-professional short course in-person or as a satellite teleconference (5 other geographically dispersed locations). Program evaluation included a short student demographic survey and a 10-item pre-post survey to assess self-efficacy to conduct research (5-pt Likert scale; not confident to very confident). Descriptive data were reported as frequency and percent. Wilcoxon Rank Sum t-test was conducted pre-post course overall and by course delivery mode. Results: A total of 62 attendees completed the course (n=36 in-person; n=26 satellite) of which 6 were Occupational Therapists (OTs), 30 Physical Therapists (PTs), 14 Registered Dietitians (RDs), and 10 Physician Assistants (PAs). The number of students stratified by allied health profession was equivalent between in-person and satellite sites (p=0.525). About half had 5 years or less in their current allied health specialty (55%), held a clinical position (47%), worked in an outpatient setting (48%), had a clinical doctorate (48%), and served as a principal investigator (41%). 54 students (87%) completed both pre and post self-efficacy surveys. There was a statistically significant difference between the participants' self-efficacy before and after the course (pre 2.9 ± 0.8 points vs. post 3.5 ± 1.4 points; p< 0.05). However, no differences were identified when comparing post course self-efficacy by course delivery mode (in-person 3.5 ± 1.3 points vs. satellite 3.6 ± 1.4 points; p=0.88). Predominantly positive post-course comments were collected regarding the course implementation and presentation. The satellite course attendees would prefer in-person course delivery to facilita...
Objective: To provide information about the first hybrid (in-person and satellite) research course conducted for allied health professionals (which includes PAs). Background: The ***research course was designed as a scientific forum allied health professionals (which includes PAs) on the broad competencies for planning and conducting research. The on-site course has been offered for >30 years. In order to maximize participation of geographically dispersed audience and considering budgetary constraints, the first hybrid course was conducted in 2016 with on-site and satellite students. Purpose: The purpose of this program evaluation was to examine change in self-efficacy to conduct research pre-post course as well as by course delivery mode (on-site vs. satellite site). Method: Students attended the 43-hour post-professional short course in-person or as a satellite teleconference (5 other geographically dispersed locations). Program evaluation included a short student demographic survey and a 10-item pre-post survey to assess self-efficacy to conduct research (5-pt Likert scale; not confident to very confident). Descriptive data were reported as frequency and percent. Wilcoxon Rank Sum t-test was conducted pre-post course overall and by course delivery mode. Results: A total of 62 attendees completed the course (n=36 in-person; n=26 satellite) of which 6 were Occupational Therapists (OTs), 30 Physical Therapists (PTs), 14 Registered Dietitians (RDs), and 10 Physician Assistants (PAs). The number of students stratified by allied health profession was equivalent between in-person and satellite sites (p=0.525). About half had 5 years or less in their current allied health specialty (55%), held a clinical position (47%), worked in an outpatient setting (48%), had a clinical doctorate (48%), and served as a principal investigator (41%). 54 students (87%) completed both pre and post self-efficacy surveys. There was a statistically significant difference between the participants' self-efficacy before and after the course (pre 2.9 ± 0.8 points vs. post 3.5 ± 1.4 points; p< 0.05). However, no differences were identified when comparing post course self-efficacy by course delivery mode (in-person 3.5 ± 1.3 points vs. satellite 3.6 ± 1.4 points; p=0.88). Predominantly positive post-course comments were collected regarding the course implementation and presentation. The satellite course attendees would prefer in-person course delivery to facilita...
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