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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 employment preparedness. 

Background: Many 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.

Methods: We 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 malpractice insurance.

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.

Topics: Independent Study, Lecture, CME, GME, Professionalism, Residency Coordinator, Residency Director, Faculty, Resident, 2019, CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting,

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Resident,Faculty,Residency Director,Residency Coordinator,
Lecture,Independent Study,
Clinical Focus

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Adrianne Dade, MD, University of Chicago; Julia Simon, MD; Reiser Hannah, MD; Victoria deMartelly, MD; Giurcanu Mihai, PhD; Anita Blanchard, MD

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