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When Wards Are Off-Limits: Supplementing OB education with virtual patient-student pairings during COVID

Objective: COVID-19 has changed the antepartum period and birthing experiences of patients in hospitals nationwide, from restrictions around outside visitors to reduced face-to-face interactions with providers. The pandemic also changed medical students\' clinical responsibilities and limited their exposure to obstetric patients. Medical Students Offering Maternal Support (MOMS), an organization started in 2014 to support pregnant patients and supplement OBGYN education through patient-student pairings, provided an existing framework to address these challenges. Virtually pairing patients on the antepartum floor with medical students offers a unique educational opportunity to support patients during a potentially isolating time and can be implemented at other institutions.
Workshop Agenda:
Participants will discuss best practices, potential pitfalls, and applying narrative medicine.
•  Introduction (5 min)
•  Common Problem (7 min)
°    Share how COVID-19 changed home institutions’ policies
°    Discuss the effect on antepartum/obstetric care and medical educatio
•  Pairings as a Solution (5 min)
°    Introduce MOM
•  Breakout 1: What makes a positive pairing? (15 min)
°    Select patients and students most likely to benefit
°    Discuss how to facilitate patient-student relationship
°    Brainstorm attainable educational objectives for students
•  Share (7 min)
•  Breakout 2: What are potential pitfalls? (10 min)
°    Discuss issues that might arise with students, faculty or patients and how to mitigate
•  Share (7 min)
•  Breakout 3: How to produce something that lasts? (10 min)
°    Brainstorm different methods for collecting and disseminating narrative
•  Share (7 min)
•  MOMS toolkit (10 min)
Interactive Component:
Small group breakouts on challenges and opportunities of patient-student pairing.
Take Home Product: MOMS curriculum, training materials, and supporting documentation to implement at home institutions.

Related APGO Publications/Modules: Medical Student Educational Objectives

Topics: Faculty Development Seminar, 2021, Student, Resident, Faculty, Clerkship Director, Clerkship Coordinator, Patient Care, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Virtual Patient, Public Health,

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Student,Resident,Faculty,Clerkship Director,Clerkship Coordinator,
Patient Care,Interpersonal & Communication Skills,
Virtual Patient,Public Health,
Clinical Focus

Author Information

Cassandra Duffy, MD, MPH, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Kathleen Koenigs, Harvard Medical School; Rachel Stoddard, Harvard Medical School

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