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Give new residents a head start on orientation

Residency Program Alert, May 1, 2008

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The countdown has started—orientation for most residency programs is less than two months away. Although this is an exciting time, it is also a critical period for new residents and your program. As the coordinator, you must work with the program director, faculty, GME office, and chief residents to ensure that you cover every vital topic your trainees will need to know. Many of you have probably spent many hours creating schedules, finding speakers, gathering handouts, and developing training sessions so that your orientation is as comprehensive as possible. But what happens when you do this work and residents fail to retain much of what they are taught? Diane Farineau, residency program coordinator for the department of medicine at the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System in Charlottesville, says this was the situation a post-orientation survey revealed about her program.

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