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Table 4 Thematic summary of Hematology-Oncology Fellows’ suggestions for improving the academic half-day format (2011–2014)

From: Cross-sectional longitudinal study of the academic half-day format in a hematology-oncology fellowship training program

  2011 2012 2013 2014
Structure • Curriculum for sessions • Curriculum for sessions • Decrease length of curriculum (18 months to ≤ 12 months)a • Decrease duration from 5 to 4 h
• Online repository for the lectures • Website where lectures are helda • More breaks
• Schedule lectures in blocks (GI, GU, breast, etc.)a • Record Lecturesa • Easier access for lectures at home
• Pre and posttests each month • References for articles • Schedule main blocks earlier in year
• Sign in sheets instead of clickersa
Content/Format • More board review sessionsa • Continue board review and pharmacology sessionsa • More case-based teaching, perhaps a morning report in residencies to help fellows think more critically • More clinical lectures
• Make lectures more interactive • Make lectures more interactive • More clinical based talks and board review series • More interactive sessions
• More case-based formata • Add different formats: small group, problem-based learninga • More interactive sessions, more varied types of sessions (not just PowerPoint) • More review questions, more group exercises
• More pharmacology sessionsa • More benign hematology lecturesa • More Q&A sessions • More case-based and problem-based sessions
• More pharmacology talks
Faculty • More faculty involvementa • More involvementa • Ensure that best faculty are involved • Academic leaders participate in lectures
• Statistics faculty at journal clubsa
Learning Environment • Snacks, coffee breaksa • Consider a room with table set up • No disturbance from calls and pagers from service • Reduce the calls from chemo suites during that period
• More interactive style of learning
  1. Abbreviations: GI gastrointestinal, GU genitourinary, Q&A question and answer
  2. aImplemented