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Let\'s Get Jazzy: Career Preparedness in OB/GYN Residents; Assessing the Need, and Developing a Curriculum
Purpose: To assess the need for
a formal and structured curriculum focused on OB/Gyn resident career and
residents rely on mentors and resident colleagues to help determine their
career paths. Curriculum during residency in obstetrics and gynecology often
lacks an emphasis on preparing residents to enter the job field as practicing
physicians. Often physicians complete training with significant amount of
education debt. Some employment scenarios may have negative financial
implications. Residents need to be formally educated on the impacts changes in
research funding, the healthcare system, and insurance market play in their
career decisions. It is important to determine how to best prepare residents to
choose a career path.
administered a career curriculum needs assessment and a validated career
readiness survey, which included questions relating to mentorship, job search
strategies and opportunities, negotiation, and practice climate to 28
residents. The survey results determined the topics that were needed.
Results: 89% of
residents agreed it was important to learn about career paths during residency.
96% of the residents believed that a career-planning curriculum would be helpful.
89% thought it was important to have a career mentor. Overall, 67.9% of
respondents do not feel confident about their ability to negotiate a contract.
The majority of resident were not familiar with medical practice finance and
Discussions: The survey results were
used to inform curriculum for the academic year. Topics included career
mentoring and individual planning, negotiation, finance, and insurance.
Comparison of pre/post curriculum will be performed after 1 year.
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