Interactive case-based learning improves resident knowledge and confidence in reproductive endocrinology and infertility*

Kara Nicole Goldman*, Ashley W. Tiegs, Kristen Uquillas, Margaret Nachtigall, M. Elizabeth Fino, Abigail F. Winkel, Veronica Lerner

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Resident physicians’ scores on the REI section of the CREOG exam are traditionally low, and nearly 40% of house staff nation-wide perceive their REI knowledge to be poor. We aimed to assess whether an interactive case-based group-learning curriculum would narrow the REI knowledge gap by improving understanding and retention of core REI concepts under the time constraints affecting residents. A three-hour case-based workshop was developed to address four primary CREOG objectives. A multiple-choice test was administered immediately before and after the intervention and 7 weeks post-workshop, to evaluate both knowledge and confidence. Following the intervention, residents self-reported increased confidence with counseling and treatment of PCOS, ovulation induction cycle monitoring, counseling and treatment of POI, and breaking bad news related to infertility (p < 0.05). The multiple-choice exam was re-administered 7 weeks post-intervention, and scores remained significantly improved compared to pre-workshop scores (p < 0.05). At that time, all residents either strongly agreed (91.7%) or agreed (8.3%) that the case-based interactive format was preferable to traditional lecture-based teaching. In conclusion, a nontraditional curriculum aimed at teaching core REI concepts to residents through interactive case-based learning can be successfully integrated into a residency curriculum, and significantly improves knowledge and confidence of critical concepts in REI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)496-499
Number of pages4
JournalGynecological Endocrinology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 3 2017


  • Case-based learning
  • interactive learning
  • reproductive endocrinology and infertility
  • resident education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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