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Tip of the week: Core competency retreats

Residency Program Insider, August 18, 2009

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The ACGME’s six core competencies have become the heart of resident training. Consider a retreat to indoctrinate your residents on the meanings of the competencies and how they apply to patient care. 

Ask faculty members to lead discussions and educational sessions on the various aspects of the competencies. Topics can include delivering bad news to patients, end-of-life conversations, presentations skills, managed care, giving and receiving feedback, residents as teachers, and common legal risks for residents. Run sessions concurrently to facilitate a small group environment that is conducive to interactive exercises. Hold the sessions more than once so that residents can attend as many as possible. 

Benefits of the program include:

  • The ability to have faculty members who are experts in specific areas present the topic to the residents
  • Team-building among the residents
  • The chance for residents and faculty to interact
  • Evidence of the program teaching the competencies, which can be presented during an ACGME site visit

Survey residents at the end of the retreat regarding the usefulness of the content and future topics they would like to see covered.

Today’s tip is from “Core curriculum retreat offers residents opportunity to focus on learning competencies,” which appeared Residency Program Alert, published by HCPro, Inc. in Marblehead, MA.



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