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What Interprofessional Collaboration Skills Do New OBGYN Interns Need? A Needs Assessment

Purpose: To determine the key interprofessional collaboration (IPC) attributes and skills to be prioritized as important for new OBGYN interns.


Background: New intern residents who lack the ability to effectively collaborate in multidisciplinary teams will struggle.  These deficits can result in suboptimal professional interactions and negatively impact patient care. Key stakeholder input is needed to identify current gaps in order to create curricula and assessments to improve the transition to clinical practice.


Methods: We conducted and recorded semi-structured interviews with OBGYN program directors and a focus groups of interprofessional health care team members comprised of nurses, pharmacists, social workers and unit administrative support staff. Questions focused on IPC performance gaps and opportunities for development of IPC within their professional roles.  The recordings were transcribed and themes were identified.


Results: Eight themes emerged: proactive communication, understanding roles, shared decision making, seeking help, clear communication, conflict management, rapport, and valuing other\'s opinions/listening. Key stake holders indicated that the most successful residents consistently utilized these skills and demonstrated these attributes.   


Discussions: This study identified eight key IPC attributes that are important for new interns. Incorporation of these key components are important for all clinical training.  Our next step is to develop specialty specific training opportunities to be included in residency preparation courses. 

Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2021, Student, Resident, Faculty, Residency Director, Professionalism, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, GME, UME, General Ob-Gyn,

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Student,Resident,Faculty,Residency Director,
Professionalism,Interpersonal & Communication Skills,
Clinical Focus
General Ob-Gyn,

Author Information

Anita Malone, MD, MPH, University of Michigan; Brittany Allen, MD; Jocelyn Schiller, MD; Helen Morgan, MD

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