ACCEL Cardiovascular Learning On The Go
Given their increasingly busy schedules, many cardiologists adapt to different learning styles in order to fit in their professional education when and where they can. A recent CardioSurve survey of 155 ACC cardiologists explored preferred learning styles.
Overall, most cardiologists favor attending in-person education conferences, meetings and courses (72%) and reading journals and other print publications (70%) for staying up-to-date on their educational needs and requirements. For about half of cardiologists, online journals and publications (51%) and other electronic resources such as newsletters (45%) are another way to keep up with cardiovascular knowledge and trends allowing them to take advantage of the mobile availability of both resources.
Beyond just reading, visual and tactile learning are popular formats for cardiologists. More than two out of five clinicians say they prefer to see something done and then try to do it themselves (41%) or review written information combined with visual aids (43%).
While many prefer to learn through reading journals or using visual aids, others take advantage of audio resources to add opportunities for learning to their busy schedules. About one in six cardiologists (16%) report using audio resources, such as CDs, podcasts and MP3s as preferred methods of learning and a similar percentage indicate that they subscribe to one of ACC's offerings for audio learning - the ACCEL Audio Journal. More than four out of five ACCEL subscribers (84%) indicate that they listen to the resource while driving, and utilize the ACCEL app on a smartphone/smart device (64%) or via the audio CD (52%). A large majority of subscribers (80%) say they like the up-to-date education and information the most. Access to expert opinion (64%) and the high quality of its discussions and interviews (52%) also help to make ACCEL a valuable tool for its users. The clinical topics of strongest interest to ACCEL's users are general cardiology, new therapies, heart failure, and cutting edge technologies.
Although audio resources will never supplant visual, print and online educational tools, audio educational products like the ACCEL Audio Journal can help to fill an important gap, allowing busy cardiovascular professionals to absorb important news on the latest scientific advances, ground-breaking innovations, and diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease in their limited free time.
For more information about all of ACC's educational programs and products, visit ACC.org/Education.
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