[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background
Teaching quality improvement (QI) principles during residency is an important component of promoting patient safety and improving quality of care. The literature on QI curricula for internal medicine residents is limited. We sought to evaluate the impact of a competency based curriculum on QI among internal medicine residents.Methods
This was a prospective, cohort study over four years (2007¿2011) using pre-post curriculum comparison design in an internal medicine residency program in Canada. Overall 175 post-graduate year one internal medicine residents participated. A two-phase, competency based curriculum on QI was developed with didactic workshops and longitudinal, team-based QI projects. The main outcome measures included self-assessment, objective assessment using the Quality Improvement Knowledge Assessment Tool (QIKAT) scores to assess QI knowledge, and performance-based assessment via presentation of longitudinal QI projects.ResultsOverall 175 residents participated, with a response rate of 160/175 (91%) post-curriculum and 114/175 (65%) after conducting their longitudinal QI project. Residents¿ self-reported confidence in making changes to improve health increased and was sustained at twelve months post-curriculum. Self-assessment scores of QI skills improved significantly from pre-curriculum (53.4 to 69.2 percent post-curriculum [p-value 0.002]) and scores were sustained at twelve months after conducting their longitudinal QI projects (53.4 to 72.2 percent [p-value 0.005]). Objective scores using the QIKAT increased post-curriculum from 8.3 to 10.1 out of 15 (p-value for difference <0.001) and this change was sustained at twelve months post-project with average individual scores of 10.7 out of 15 (p-value for difference from pre-curriculum <0.001). Performance-based assessment occurred via presentation of all projects at the annual QI Project Podium Presentation Day.Conclusion
The competency based curriculum on QI improved residents¿ QI knowledge and skills during residency training. Importantly, residents perceived that their QI knowledge improved after the curriculum and this also correlated to improved QIKAT scores. Experiential QI project work appeared to contribute to sustaining QI knowledge at twelve months.
Full-text · Article · Nov 2014 · BMC Medical Education
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: As distributed undergraduate and postgraduate medical education becomes more common, the challenges with the teaching and learning process also increase.
To collaboratively engage front line teachers in improving teaching in a distributed medical program.
We recently conducted a contest on teaching tips in a provincially distributed medical education program and received entries from faculty and resident teachers.
Tips that are helpful for teaching around clinical cases at distributed teaching sites include: ask "what if" questions to maximize clinical teaching opportunities, try the 5-min short snapper, multitask to allow direct observation, create dedicated time for feedback, there are really no stupid questions, and work with heterogeneous group of learners. Tips that are helpful for multi-site classroom teaching include: promote teacher-learner connectivity, optimize the long distance working relationship, use the reality television show model to maximize retention and captivate learners, include less teaching content if possible, tell learners what you are teaching and make it relevant and turn on the technology tap to fill the knowledge gap.
Overall, the above-mentioned tips offered by front line teachers can be helpful in distributed medical education.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Medication discrepancies may occur during transitions from community to acute care hospitals. The elderly are at risk for such discrepancies due to multiple comorbidities and complex medication regimens. Medication reconciliation involves verifying medication use and identifying and rectifying discrepancies.
The aim of this study was to describe the prevalences and types of medication discrepancies in acutely ill older patients.
Patients who were ≥ 70 years and were admitted to any of 3 acute care for elders (ACE) units over a period of 2 nonconsecutive months in 2008 were prospectively enrolled. Medication discrepancies were classified as intentional, undocumented intentional, and unintentional. Unintentional medication discrepancies were classified by a blinded rater for potential to harm. This study was primarily qualitative, and descriptive (univariate) statistics are presented.
Sixty-seven patients (42 women; mean [SD] age, 84.0 [6.5] years) were enrolled. There were 37 unintentional prescription-medication discrepancies in 27 patients (40.3%) and 43 unintentional over-the-counter (OTC) medication discrepancies in 19 patients (28.4%), which translates to Medication Reconciliation Success Index (MRSI) of 89% for prescription medications and 59% for OTC medications. The overall MRSI was 83%. More than half of the prescription-medication discrepancies (56.8%) were classified as potentially causing moderate/severe discomfort or clinical deterioration.
Despite a fairly high overall MRSI in these patients admitted to ACE units, a substantial proportion of the prescription-medication discrepancies were associated with potential harm.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The CanMEDS Health Advocate role, one of seven roles mandated by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada, pertains to a physician's responsibility to use their expertise and influence to advance the wellbeing of patients, communities, and populations. We conducted our study to examine resident attitudes and self-reported competencies related to health advocacy, due to limited information in the literature on this topic.
We conducted a pilot experience with seven internal medicine residents participating in a community health promotion event. The residents provided narrative feedback after the event and the information was used to generate items for a health advocacy survey. Face validity was established by having the same residents review the survey. Content validity was established by inviting an expert physician panel to review the survey. The refined survey was then distributed to a cohort of core Internal Medicine residents electronically after attendance at an academic retreat teaching residents about advocacy through didactic sessions.
The survey was completed by 76 residents with a response rate of 68%. The majority agreed to accept an advocacy role for societal health needs beyond caring for individual patients. Most confirmed their ability to identify health determinants and reaffirmed the inherent requirements for health advocacy. While involvement in health advocacy was common during high school and undergraduate studies, 76% of residents reported no current engagement in advocacy activity, and 36% were undecided if they would engage in advocacy during their remaining time as residents, fellows or staff. The common barriers reported were insufficient time, rest and stress.
Medical residents endorsed the role of health advocate and reported proficiency in determining the medical and bio-psychosocial determinants of individuals and communities. Few residents, however, were actively involved in health advocacy beyond an individual level during residency due to multiple barriers. Further studies should address these barriers to advocacy and identify the reasons for the discordance we found between advocacy endorsement and lack of engagement.
Full-text · Article · Nov 2010 · BMC Medical Education