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MedEdPORTAL. 2017 Apr 17;13:10570. doi: 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10570.

A Video-Based Introductory EEG Curriculum for Neurology Residents and Other EEG Learners.

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Assistant Professor and Residency Program Director, Department of Neurology, Yale School of Medicine.
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Yale School of Medicine.
Epilepsy Fellowship Director, Department of Neurology, Yale School of Medicine.
Associate Director for Technology Services, Teaching and Learning Center, Yale School of Medicine.
Medical Student, Yale School of Medicine.
Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Yale School of Medicine.
Director of Medical Studies in Neurobiology, Yale School of Medicine.
Associate Dean for Curriculum, Yale School of Medicine.
Professor, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine.



It is difficult to provide standardized formal education in EEG because of time limitations and the availability of expert teachers. Video-based miniature lectures are a useful way to standardize the foundational principles of EEG and support learning during EEG/epilepsy rotations.


A curriculum of 10 EEG teaching videos was developed based on concepts outlined in the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Neurology Milestones. The videos were short (6-17 minutes) and made available to residents rotating through an EEG/epilepsy rotation in two neurology residency programs. Residents were instructed to review the videos and then apply their newly learned skills during EEG reading sessions. A survey about the process was completed at the end of the year.


Twenty-one residents participated in the curriculum, and 15 (71%) responded to the survey. Two-thirds of respondents (10/15) said that they watched all of the videos, and 87% (13/15) watched at least half of the videos. All of the respondents used the videos as introductions to EEG concepts, and approximately half of respondents returned to the videos as a refresher after the rotation was over. Nearly all respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that the curriculum was a useful component of the rotation and helped them to understand difficult concepts. All strongly agreed that they would recommend the curriculum to other residents.


A video-based approach to EEG teaching could complement existing curricula and ensure that learners have access to foundational miniature lectures when and where they need them.


Electroencephalography; Flipped Classroom; Neurology; Residency; Video

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