Residency

Chief resident clinics pave the way for autonomous practice

Residency Program Insider, September 14, 2010

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With new resident supervision standards on the horizon, residency programs are looking for innovative ways to afford residents autonomy as they progress in their training. Many specialties can take a page from the plastic surgery playbook and implement chief resident clinics.

Plastic surgery training programs have instituted chief resident clinics with the goal of allowing senior residents to perform cosmetic surgery with increasing levels of autonomy, according to a recent study published in the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

To determine the effectiveness of these clinics, researchers surveyed plastic surgery program directors and chief residents. Out of the 88 programs that responded, 71.3% had a chief resident clinic. A majority of respondents reported that the clinics increased residents’ competence in the ACGME core competencies, according to the study.

Additionally, researchers report that the clinics are an effective way of teaching autonomy and surgical maturity.
 



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