Creating Clinician Educators: Evaluation of a One-Month Medical Education Curriculum for Senior Residents

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Abstract

  • Background: Clinician-educator tracks improve teaching behaviors in trainees. However, detailed curriculum descriptions to fully understand, compare, and reproduce them are often lacking. We aimed to describe and evaluate a medical education curriculum for senior residents. Methods: Based on Kolb's experiential learning model, we designed a one-month curriculum to increase teaching effectiveness. PGY 2-4 internal medicine and medicine-pediatrics residents in a university-based training program participated in the course from 2015-2019. In a pre-post design, participants completed a survey to evaluate the curriculum. Survey items related to four constructs in medical education: knowledge, confidence, skills, and importance (5-point Likert scale; 1=low, 5=high). We assessed the difference in the means for each construct before and after the curriculum. Results: Thirty-nine residents completed the curriculum (19% of total residents), and 100% of participants completed the surveys. We observed an increase in the mean self-rated level of teaching knowledge (2.63 [SD 0.57] vs. 4.43 [SD 0.42], p<0.005), confidence (3.31 [SD 0.4] vs. 4.29 [SD 0.32], p<0.005), and skills (2.9 [SD 0.63] vs. 4.14 [SD 0.38], p<0.005) after completing the course. Residents consistently graded individual curricular components highly. Conclusions: We describe a one-month medical education curriculum with a strong foundation in learning theory. The curriculum is feasible and presented in sufficient detail to allow reproduction. Our findings suggest that it increases participants’ self-perceptions of teaching knowledge, confidence, and skills.
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  • Kahn MJ; Estrada CA; Willett LL; Kraemer RR