Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians must master a broad body of knowledge and are tasked with teaching and engaging a growing number of “digital learners" who are familiar with learning that incorporates technology into teaching activities. At the same time, medical education has grown to embrace a progressive, milestone-based framework that emphasizes professional growth and learning in core competencies that complement mastery of medical knowledge and procedural skills to prepare PM&R trainees for clinical practice. This session will showcase a range of stimulating and high-yield teaching tools, approaches, and techniques for interested educators and lifelong learners that are available at low-cost or no-cost and promote learner engagement, educator self-assessment, and collaborative learning. The session will begin with an overview outlining various uses of technology in medical education for PM&R trainees and categories of innovative teaching strategies and readily accessible technologies that enable PM&R educators to engage audiences, obtain learner feedback and performance data, and exchange knowledge. Next, participants will break out into guided small group sections where a coalition of enthusiastic PM&R educators from different institutions will demonstrate and share their experiences with a variety of teaching technology and techniques and participants will be able to discuss their own experiences, ideas, and challenges with fellow attendees.

Learning Objectives

  • Contrast the benefits and challenges of hi-tech and low-tech teaching tools and techniques and describe several methods for promoting audience engagement and assessing learner knowledge.
  • Identify 2-3 new teaching techniques or tools that you find interesting and would be able to trial in the next month with learners in a clinical or didactic setting‚
  • Explain 1-2 strategies for collaborating to develop or enrich a PM&R learning community within or across institutions.