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Date Submitted: Jun 9, 2019
Open Peer Review Period: Jun 12, 2019 - Aug 7, 2019
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Cardiology Handbook Application: A Pilot Study to Improve Medical Education

  • Asad Torabi; 
  • Abhishek Khemka; 
  • Pantila V. Bateman



At most institutions, internal medicine residents struggle with balancing clinical duties and learning opportunities, particularly during busy cardiology ward rotations. To improve learning experiences for residents, the authors helped develop a cardiology handbook application (app) to supplement cardiology education.


The aim of this study was to report the development, implementation, and preliminary impact of a cardiology reference app in graduate medical education.


In June 2017, 122 residents at Indiana University were invited to download the digital handbook in the Krannert app. The Krannert app featured a total of thirteen chapters which were written by cardiology fellows and faculty at Indiana University. Residents were surveyed on their self-reported improvement in cardiology knowledge and in their satisfaction after using the handbook app. Residents were also surveyed regarding their preference for a digital handbook app versus a paper handbook.


Thirty-eight trainees (31%) participated in survey evaluations. Among all respondents, 82% of app users reported the app helped improve their cardiology knowledge base. The handbook app had an overall favorable response.


The Krannert cardiology app shows promise in augmenting clinical education in cardiology with mobile learning. Future work includes adding new topics, updating the content, comparing the app to other learning modalities.


Please cite as:

Torabi A, Khemka A, Bateman PV

Cardiology Handbook Application: A Pilot Study to Improve Medical Education

JMIR Preprints. 09/06/2019:14983

DOI: 10.2196/preprints.14983


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