Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics is one of the only residency programs in the nation using interactive online and simulation learnng in conjunction with traditional teaching methods.
Self-directed learning is an essential component of resident education given duty hour constraints and an essential professional competency for practicing physicians. Asynchronous learning performed by residents is tightly integrated into rotational experiences and reinforces curricular goals. The eLearning program at Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics utilizes a robust state-of-the-art eLearning software program called Moodle, which is an open source learning management system (LMS). The Moodle eLearning site helps the faculty create online courses that focus on interaction and collaborative content construction. Moodle is an organic educational system that is constantly growing and evolving, while at the same time being available on-demand to residents at all times.
A growing body of evidence supports the effectiveness of simulation based on medical education as a tool to enhance the knowledge and performance of health care providers to contribute to patient safety. Simulation strengthens confidence and promotes learning by providing safe and supportive environments for mastering technical skills, practicing critical decision making, learning system based practices and protocols, or developing communication and interpersonal skills.