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A New Tool for Guided Transition from Medical School to Residency: PGY0 School
Purpose: This project tested a novel voluntary virtual
curriculum for incoming interns to: 1) introduce learning framework and
resources of residency, 2) review core anatomy and physiology concepts, 3)
review high-yield “day-one” concepts, and 4) provide friendly forum for cohort
Background: The transition from medical school to residency is
fraught with insecurity and opacity. Interns accept rapidly escalating
responsibility for patient care and learning while adapting to a new
environment and peer group. COVID19 also limited transitional curricula at
medical schools and prohibited hands-on and social activities during intern
Methods: Four themed ninety minute virtual video sessions, each
with approximately sixty minutes of preparatory material including videos,
articles, and institutional documents, were held preceding intern orientation.
Each was a clinical case prepared by resident facilitators to integrate key
topics and practical applications. Questions and discussion were encouraged,
and summary notes were shared.
Results: Participation at four voluntary sessions was 100% from
incoming interns and all (n=9) participated in final survey. Overall, 89% rated
PGY0 School “extremely helpful” and 11% “very helpful.” All reported success in
conveying core and “day-one” concepts and practical tips and reported comfort
asking questions. Narrative feedback highlighted favorability of case-based application
and multimodal learning and occasional frustration with technologic
difficulties. All recommended program continuation. Ideas for future included
ambulatory gynecology and surgical basics.
Discussions: Pre-orientation case-based virtual curriculum led by
near-peers for incoming interns yields benefit in perceived preparedness for
knowledge, practice, and community. Such novel and innovative opportunities
should be offered and adapted to meet evolving needs.
CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2021, Student, Resident, Faculty, Clerkship Director, Clerkship Coordinator, Osteopathic Faculty, Residency Director, Residency Coordinator, Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Professionalism, Systems-Based Practice & Improvement, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, GME, UME, Lecture, Independent Study, Problem-Based Learning, Team-Based Learning,