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Tip of the week: Expand M&M conferences into the program

Residency Program Insider, May 15, 2012

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Morbidity and mortality (M&M) conferences are staples of most programs. Although you usually schedule these conferences annually, consider expanding into everyday resident education to teach systems-based practice.

Instruct residents to prepare M&M presentations. Next, tell residents to place a copy of their work in their portfolio along with a log of all their cases. Have the residents analyze a system problem that affected one or two of those cases (i.e. timing of events and its impact on the patient outcome, the impact of multiple medications given to patients).

Have the program director discuss the findings with the resident during file reviews, or in a small group session specifically scheduled for this purpose.

This week’s tip is from A Practical Guide to Teaching and Assessing the ACGME Core Competencies, Second Edition by Elizabeth Rider, MSW, MD, FAAP, and Ruth Nawotniak, MS, C-TAGME.



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