Abstract: Teaching Immunization in Medical Education (TIME): Updated Materials for Teaching Immunization (43rd National Immunization Conference (NIC))

PS73 Teaching Immunization in Medical Education (TIME): Updated Materials for Teaching Immunization

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Grand Hall area
Richard K. Zimmerman

Educational materials for the Teaching Immunization in Medical Education (TIME) project were developed in the 1990s and were nationally field tested and revised with the CDC. The TIME project was reported in a lead article in a JAMA education issue. The materials became dated in content and teaching style.

The TIME educational materials are used nationally in medical schools and residencies. Revisions are made and pilot tested at the University of Pittsburgh, then field tested elsewhere for usefulness, clarity, and content. CDC reviews updates.

Medical students, residents, and other clinicians who administer immunizations.

Project Description:
The TIME materials and teaching methods became dated and updates are in process; the influenza vaccine module is complete and the adult immunization module is in process. A report on the revised materials and availability will be presented.

Results/Lessons Learned:
The pilot and field tests were positive. Medical students and residents like the teaching method which uses case based scenarios. Useful comments from pilot and field testing led to revisions, including moving away from the use of lengthy ACIP reports as resources and incorporating shorter abstracts along with the annual U.S. national immunization schedules. Resources now include on-line sites and the Shots software program for PDAs. The content is being revised to reflect current medical practice as well as the latest vaccine recommendations.
The influenza vaccination module is complete, having been pilot tested, revised, field tested, and reviewed by CDC. The adult vaccination module is in process with others to follow. The revised and updated TIME materials will serve educators for years to come with case-based resources. They are available on-line at no cost from the web site of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.
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