The iTEACH! Program was developed at the request of the Designated Institutional Official at Palmetto Health and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs in Columbia, South Carolina. The course was designed in response to the need for educating the faculty working with GME on the changes of the Next Accreditation System and the Clinical Learning Environment Review. Additionally, developing the course provided the opportunity to introduce and revisit principles and practice of adult education as applied to resident training. The course utilizes materials developed by scholars in GME along with original ideas and tools. The iTEACH! Series is taught in five 60-minute interactive workshop modules. The session length depends primarily on the group size and their familiarity with the content. Each modular component includes practice exercises and other interactive components. The series may be taught as a full-day workshop, but preferably is delivered as discrete sessions separated by a day or more. The iTEACH! Series has been implemented multiple times with a broad range of facilitators and attendees. Evaluation of the course is multi-level, including learner surveys, participation in observation of teaching rounds with faculty, and a variety of work products during sessions. This includes a strengths, improvements, teaching, and equipment (SITE) analysis (which addresses the learning environment) and individual commitment cards completed by every participant with a goal of targeting specific improvement in a teaching area. From an initial presentation time of 7.5 hours, the course has been reduced to 5.0 hours through various refinements. The value of keeping the workshops at this length is the ability to continue the interactive exercises and discussions that are critical to both the consideration and adoption of behavioral change as an educator.
- Apply rules of resident supervision to their oversight of resident care in either an inpatient or outpatient setting.
- Utilize a model for case review to provide formative feedback to trainees.
- Engage adult learners interactively to optimize learning and retention.
- Describe the six general competencies areas as applied to the work of residents.
- Give behaviorally-based feedback from assessment of trainee competence.
- Set a goal for personal teaching proficiency development with measures for improvement.
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