Lauren Johnson, MD; Theresa Maatman, MD
Background: Residents receive little formal education about feeding tubes; however, patients experience fewer complications if a formal feeding tube curriculum is implemented.
Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate a graphics-based course for internal medicine residents.
Methods: Internal medicine residents participated in a new course on feeding tube placement and management. Surveys administered before and after the course assessed resident comfort level with the material.
Results: Based on a 10-point Likert scale, mean improvement in comfort level for 4 scenarios was 1.69, 2.13, 2.44, and 3.07 points (P < 0.001 for all). Ninety-four percent of participants reported the graphics were helpful.
Conclusion: The new course significantly improved resident comfort level regarding feeding tube placement and management. The use of graphics played a role in increasing residents’ understanding.