Postgrad Med J 83:502-503 doi:10.1136/pgmj.2007.059501
  • Short report

Online educational tools developed by Heart improve the knowledge and skills of hospital doctors in cardiology

  1. Kieran Walsh1,
  2. Isma Rafiq2,
  3. Roger Hall2
  1. 1BMJ Learning, BMJ Knowledge, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, UK
  2. 2Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich, Norfolk, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Kieran Walsh
 BMJ Learning, BMJ Knowledge, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JR, UK; kmwalsh{at}
  • Received 19 March 2007
  • Accepted 24 April 2007


We conducted this study to find out if online learning packages in cardiology enabled users to increase their knowledge and skills. We also looked at how acceptable users found these packages. The journal Heart in association with BMJ Learning produced a series of modules on common cardiology problems. The modules involved a pre-test, a number of interactive cases and a post-test. A total of 1786 users completed these modules. Doing the modules enabled users to improve their score from the pre-test to the post-test by a significant amount (p<0.001). Feedback to the modules was very positive.


  • Sources of funding: None

  • Competing interests: Kieran Walsh works for BMJ Learning, the online learning website of the BMJ. He is paid a fixed salary.