« Back to Search
Redesign of Longitudinal Fourth Year Curriculum: Working toward Milestone One
OBJECTIVES: To standardize and supplement our eight month Longitudinal Curriculum and to assess feasibility as well as student comfort, skills and knowledge gained during the experience.
METHODOLOGY: Senior students are assigned to a faculty preceptor and meet weekly in their clinics (OB, Oncology, Health Department) over 8 months. A standard curriculum, based on national Ob/Gyn objectives, with assigned reading was created. Seven 2 hour basic skills sessions were developed and scheduled during evening hours with a faculty facilitator. After IRB approval, students were surveyed at the beginning of the curriculum for comfort with skills and knowledge; this will be repeated post-curriculum. Specific knowledge and skills are also assessed pre-and post-skills sessions. Participation in the surveys and skills sessions is voluntary during this pilot. Students on standard one-month Acting Internships were also allowed to participate in the surveys and skills sessions.
RESULTS: During AY 2012-2013, 5 longitudinal AIs and 5 standard one-month AIs were scheduled. All completed the pre-curriculum survey. Three skills workshops have occurred with variable attendance due to residency interviews. Improvement in both knowledge and skills were noted post-skills sessions compared to pre-tests.
CONCLUSIONS: Short term data demonstrates an improvement in performance pre- and post-skills workshops. Adherence to the workshop schedule has been difficult for some students. To date, the enhanced curriculum has been well received.
2013, Student, Clerkship Director, Clerkship Coordinator, Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Professionalism, Systems-Based Practice & Improvement, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, UME,