Developing a Novel Case-Based Gastroenterology/Hepatology Online Resource for Enhanced Education During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

Morgan C. Goodman, Jaclyn H. Chesner, Kamron Pourmand, Samira S. Farouk, Brijen J. Shah, Bhavana Bhagya Rao

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Background: The COVID-19 pandemic reshaped the delivery of medical education, necessitating novel modes of instruction to facilitate distance learning. Online medical education resources provide opportunities for self-directed and asynchronous learning. GISIM is a free, open access educational website dedicated to gastroenterology (GI)/hepatology, which teaches pathophysiology and disease management, and supports clinical reasoning skill development through interactive, dynamic, case presentation-based journeys. Aims: (1) To describe the creation of a mobile-optimized, GI/hepatology educational resource for medical trainees, and (2) to report on trainee feedback on completing and authoring GISIM cases. Methods: GISIM was created on WordPress and modeled after NephSIM, an e-learning platform dedicated to Nephrology. Content was developed by internal medicine residents and GI/hepatology fellows and attendings. Cases are interactive, prompting users to select differential diagnoses and management plans, with immediate feedback provided on response. Self-reported user demographics and website feedback were collected with an embedded survey. A separate survey evaluated case authors’ experiences. Results: GISIM launched in February 2021 and received 12,184 website views and 2003 unique visitors between February 1 2021 and February 28 2022. New cases are disseminated bimonthly. Sixty-one user surveys were collected, with a majority completed by fellows (38%) and residents (26%). All users found the website easy to use and most reported enhanced understanding of case topic areas. Nine author surveys were collected. Authors reported significant learning on chosen topics and improved clinical knowledge through their participation. Conclusions: We developed a novel GI/hepatology case-based resource that enables distance learning and was perceived as a valuable educational tool by users and authors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2370-2378
Number of pages9
JournalDigestive Diseases and Sciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2023


  • Education, distance
  • Education, medical
  • Electronic learning
  • Problem-based learning
  • Self-directed learning
  • Virtual learning


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