Increasing faculty participation in resident education and providing cost-effective self-assessment module credit to faculty through resident-generated didactics

Hyun Kim, Theresa M. Malatesta, Pramila R. Anné, John McAna, Voichita Bar-Ad, Adam P. Dicker, Robert B. Den

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Abstract

Purpose/Objective(s) Board certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists are required to earn self-assessment module (SAM) continuing medical education (CME) credit, which may require travel costs or usage fees. Data indicate that faculty participation in resident teaching activities is beneficial to resident education. Our hypothesis was that providing the opportunity to earn SAM credit in resident didactics would increase faculty participation in and improve resident education. Methods and materials SAM applications, comprising CME certified category 1 resident didactic lectures and faculty-generated questions with respective answers, rationales, and references, were submitted to the American Board of Radiology for formal review. Surveys were distributed to assess main academic campus physician, affiliate campus physician, physicist, and radiation oncology resident impressions regarding the quality of the lectures. Survey responses were designed in Likert-scale format. Sign-test was performed with P <.05 considered statistically different from neutral. Results First submission SAM approval was obtained for 9 of 9 lectures to date. A total of 52 SAM credits have been awarded to 4 physicists and 7 attending physicians. Main academic campus physician and affiliate campus physician attendance increased from 20% and 0%, respectively, over the 12 months preceding CME/SAM lectures, to 55.6% and 20%, respectively. Survey results indicated that the change to SAM lectures increased the quality of resident lectures (P =.001), attending physician participation in resident education (P <.0001), physicist involvement in medical resident education (P =.0006), and faculty motivation to attend resident didactics (P =.004). Residents reported an increased amount of time required to prepare lectures (P =.008). Conclusions We are the first department, to our knowledge, to offer SAM credit to clinical faculty for participation in resident-generated didactics. Offering SAM credit at resident lectures is a cost-effective alternative to purchasing SAM resources, increases faculty attendance, and may improve the quality of radiation oncology resident education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-245
Number of pages5
JournalPractical Radiation Oncology
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes

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