Impressive engagement so far
This new AMA resource, formerly known as the Introduction to Medicine (IPM), launched in June, and thus far the feedback from GME leaders and residents has been positive. A major objective of the platform redesign platform was to create a more user-friendly and engaging experience for residents to quickly and easily complete courses they are assigned. The early results suggest that goal has been accomplished. Now, 84 percent of residents who login successfully complete at least one course. On average, it appears residents are completing 75 percent more courses per login than on the old platform.
The modules that the GME Competency Education Program offers are designed to ensure that residents are engaged. That means shorter seat times (between five and 20 minutes), frequent knowledge checks aimed at increasing retention and course scenarios that mirror experiences residents are likely to encounter during their workdays.
The GME Competency Education Program also makes it easier for administrators to get a dashboard view of residents’ usage, including:
- Completion status of assignments.
- Assessment results, including flagging three failed assessment attempts.
- Summaries of assessments taken by the program.
- Results organized by individual, postgraduate year, program or institution.
- Certificate reports of courses that residents have successfully completed.
Tutorials focus on a broad range of topics such as cultural competency, resident intimidation and sleep deprivation. The modules serve to reinforce lessons learned during rounds as well as cover bigger-picture issues that might not arise on a daily, or even weekly, basis.
William A. Tortoriello, MD, is the associate director of the Deaconess Family Medicine Residency Program in Evansville, Indiana. Deaconess is among the 150 institutions that is using the new program.
“We can touch on a lot of these things every day, when we staff with the residents, but the main issues that we talk with them about is what’s happening with that patient,” Dr. Tortoriello said. “So during the course of a day, an issue like diversity may or may not come up; an issue like confidentiality may or may not come up. We certainly can make everything come up every time, but the problem is it’s hard to incorporate every one of the competencies all day long. It [the GME Competency Education Program] supplements what we are doing. It reinforces what we talk to them about periodically because you can’t talk about everything every time.”
A flexible curriculum
The GME Competency Education Program gives residency directors and faculty members the ability to create assignments that address the specific needs of their students. Dr. Tortoriello, for instance, gives assignments to the 16 first- and second-year residents in his program on an incremental basis.
“So we don’t overburden them, I set up an assignment every block,” he said. “These are four-week blocks, so over the year they get 12 assignments. And I can go through the assignments and say that this too advanced for the first-years, this isn’t advanced enough for the second-years, and it’s easy to do.”
For more information about the AMA’s GME Competency Education Program, or to request a demo, email [email protected].