Electrocardiogram training for residents: A curriculum based on Facebook and Twitter

Stanley S. Liu, Sammy Zakaria, Dhananjay Vaidya, Mukta C. Srivastava

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Background We studied whether social media applications can serve as effective educational tools for teaching electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation to medical residents. Methods 39 emergency, family, and internal medicine residents participated in the 33-week “ECG of the Week” curriculum via Facebook and Twitter. ECG skill was assessed before and after the study with a 10-ECG quiz. Outcomes of interest included predictors of participant response rates and post-study quiz performance. Results ECG quiz scores were 66% and 76% on the pre- and post-study assessments respectively. High-performing participants on the pre-study quiz were more likely to have above-average response rates to ECG challenges (36% vs. 0%, p = 0.015). There was no significant difference between pre- and post-study quiz scores. Conclusions Our social media-based ECG curriculum elicited the most participation in residents who were already above-average in ECG reading ability. Future designs will need to better reach residents with below-average baseline ECG reading ability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)646-651
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Electrocardiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2017


  • Electrocardiogram interpretation
  • Residency training
  • Social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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