1. Get buy-in from program leadership
The case for implementing an intern curriculum like EM Fundamentals is supported by our needs assessment survey of 300 residents across six training sites (51% response rate). This survey showed 80% thought a dedicated intern curriculum would improve resident education, 75% of residents supported dedicated conference time for interns, and 71% of residents desired dedicated asynchronous resources. The full results of the needs assessment can be found in our publication in WestJEM.
If you are interested in a needs assessment of residents at your own site, we would be happy to share our needs assessment survey to serve as a starting point.
We have also disseminated a discussion of this innovation through the ALiEM Idea Series that further explains the rationale for this curriculum.
2. Plan live sessions
– Protect conference time
– Develop a calendar of topics
– Recruit facilitators
– Request small-group resources (17 pre-prepared small group sessions + evaluation form) from EMFundamentals@gmail.com
3. Promote asynchronous resources
We use weekly email reminders to help learners keep up with asynchronous learning. We believe this is particularly important for residents on off-service rotations that are unable to attend conference. We have seen an increase in resident use of asynchronous resources since implementing weekly email reminders with links to asynchronous content
We use a post-curriculum attitudinal survey for Kirkpatrick level one data and a pre/post knowledge quiz for Kirkpatrick level two data. Both of these evaluation tools are also available on request.
Please contact us if you are interested in any of the above tools, to further discuss the logistics of implementation, or if you are interested in collaborating on studying this intervention.