A Capstone Course for Senior Medical Students: from Innovative Elective to Required Core Curriculum

Austin Wesevich, Thomas M. De Fer, Michael M. Awad, Julie Woodhouse, Dorothy A. Andriole, L. Michael Brunt

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Abstract

We describe our institution’s development and implementation of our Capstone course from a small elective course to the only required fourth-year course. The course’s structure evolved from mostly didactic to one including various workshops and simulation sessions. Course content has become increasingly specialty-specific. Implementation requires high faculty and resident involvement. Evaluations indicate a positive impact of the course on participants’ self-reported confidence and residency preparedness. Assessment remains pass/fail with more specialty-specific questions. As steadily increasing numbers of medical schools are developing transition to residency courses, we share our Capstone course’s evolution and lessons learned over the past nine years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-180
Number of pages10
JournalMedical Science Educator
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2024

Keywords

  • Boot camp
  • Curriculum
  • Transition to residency
  • Undergraduate medical education

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