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Trauma-Informed Medical Education: It’s TIME to Improve the OBGYN Clerkship Learning Environment

Objective/ Background: Trauma is increasingly recognized as a nearly universal experience, and many medical students have histories of trauma. Previous studies have shown more than 50% of medical students have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience. An institutional survey demonstrated 31% of clinical medical students had a history of sexual assault or intimate partner violence. Students reported profound impacts on their clinical experiences, particularly in the OBGYN clerkship, and identified a need for improved support. Despite calls for trauma-informed medical education (TIME), faculty are largely unprepared to implement needed changes due to lack of awareness and available tools. This workshop seeks to equip faculty with the knowledge, tools, and strategies to implement necessary changes for a more trauma-informed learning environment.


Methods: The workshop will familiarize participants with existing literature and key concepts regarding TIME. It will utilize a mix of small and large group discussions, as well as real-world application exercises. Participants will brainstorm potential ways to integrate TIME practices into their OBGYN clerkships and learn about existing interventions.


Results: Participants will gain insight into trauma\'s extensive impact in the academic and professional journeys of medical students. They will be equipped with next steps and resources to implement TIME in their institutions’ OBGYN clerkships.


Conclusion/ Discussion: This workshop is a step toward fostering a supportive and effective learning environment in OBGYN clerkships by enhancing faculty awareness and readiness to implement TIME.

Topics: Faculty Development Seminar, 2024, Faculty, Clerkship Director, Clerkship Coordinator, UME,

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Faculty,Clerkship Director,Clerkship Coordinator,
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Katherine Neff, BA; Angela Liang, MD; Samantha Kempner, MD

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