Residency

Ask the expert: How can we distribute and review goals and objectives with residents?

Residency Program Insider, December 30, 2011

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One approach is to designate a faculty member assigned to the rotation to be responsible for this duty. This can lead to a loss of enthusiasm overtime, however. The faculty member may initially fulfill the assignment, but eventually he or she forgets or loses interest in reviewing the goals and objectives with residents.

Another method is to post the goals and objectives on a website that the residents can access before each rotation. As adult learners, residents need to be responsible for their own education. You can nudge them along by asking your resident coordinator to send residents an e-mail reminding them to review the goals and objectives before each new assignment. Hopefully, with this reminder and faculty reinforcement, the residents will seek out and understand the learning objectives for each rotation.

This week’s question and answer are from The Residency Program Director’s Handbook, by Robert V. Higgins, MD.



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