To optimize patient safety and enhance residency education, it is common for interns to receive simulation-based orientation prior to working in the clinical setting. The three Arizona OB/GYN residencies (University of Arizona—Phoenix, University of Arizona—Tucson, and Phoenix Integrated Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology) developed a pilot program to pool financial, material, and personnel resources by holding a combined skills workshop for incoming interns, while setting groundwork for future collaboration. Learners were introduced to several practical skills related to obstetrical and gynecologic procedures. Additionally, an ACOG District Officer provided a session introducing residents to junior fellowship and resident resources available through ACOG.
A survey-based needs assessment was used. Participants completed pre- and post-session surveys of comfort and confidence in each skill area and objective assessment of their knowledge base. Questions also evaluated participants' interest in collaborating with individuals from other institutions and their familiarity with ACOG. We then held a three-hour session including obstetrical simulations, surgical skills, and safe handoffs and transitions of care.
Participants demonstrated increased confidence and knowledge about each skill following the session. More than 55% also indicated an interest in future collaboration with other institutions and 85% of participants reported an interest in involvement with ACOG.
This pilot program, combining intern orientation skills workshops from three residency programs in Arizona, was an effective endeavor to pool resources and promote collaboration and ACOG awareness while still achieving acquisition of skill knowledge and confidence as would be expected if performed at a single institution.
University of Arizona College of Medicine—Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
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