The Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology

Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology:

Issue 6, November/December 2018 Original Study - Clinical

Concept and Uptake of Just-A-Minute Clinical Pearl: A Novel Tele-Ophthalmology Teaching Tool

Dave, Vivek Pravin; Pathengay, Avinash; Keeffe, Jill; Green, Catherine

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From the *Smt. Kanuri Santhamma Center for Vitreoretinal Diseases; †Kallam Anji Reddy Campus, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad; ‡Vitreo-Retina & Uveitis Service, GMR Varalakshmi Campus, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Visakhapatnam, India; and §The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Reprints: Avinash Pathengay, Vitreo-Retina & Uveitis Service, GMR Varalakshmi Campus, L V Prasad Eye Institute, Visakhapatnam, India. E-mail:


Purpose: To describe the concept and report the uptake of a novel tele-ophthalmology educational tool, Just-A-Minute (JAM) clinical pearl, which was sent to all ophthalmologists in the email database of L V Prasad Eye Institute on a daily basis from September 2016 to August 2017.

Design: A survey was conducted among the recipients of JAM clinical pearls.

Methods: An online questionnaire was sent to the recipients and their responses were recorded and analyzed to evaluate the JAM pearls regarding qualifications of the recipients, their type of practice and regularity of accessing the pearls, type of pearl most sought, clarity of content, applicability to the clinic, relevance to practice, satisfaction with the format, and likelihood of recommendation.

Results: Of 14,311 recipients of JAM clinical pearls, 719 (5%) responded to the survey. The majority of respondents were in India (66.5%) followed by the United States (26.4%). Among the respondents, 52.9% were postgraduate ophthalmologists in general practice, 38.3% post-fellowship subspecialty practitioners, 5.8% fellows, and 2.9% residents. Private practitioners constituted 57.3% of all respondents. The pearls were accessed “always” by 53.7%, “very regularly” by 34.6%, and “intermittently” by 11.8% of respondents. The subspecialty of the pearls most desired was cornea and anterior segment (48.7%). The JAM pearls scored high in clarity of content (9/10), applicability to the clinic (9/10), satisfaction with the format (9/10), and recommendation to a colleague (10/10).

Conclusions: In this survey, it was found that the JAM clinical pearls are a unique, beneficial mode of tele-education with easily understandable and clinically applicable concepts.

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