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Teach Learn Med. 2004 Spring;16(2):197-201.

Developing an ethics curriculum for an internal medicine residency program: use of a needs assessment.

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Department of Medicine, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA. dwayne@northwestern.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Residency programs are required to teach and evaluate trainees in the area of professionalism and medical ethics. Prior to developing a curriculum in this area, residents and fellows were surveyed to assess learning needs.

DESCRIPTION:

A case-based survey was developed based on published curricula. Residents and fellows were asked to describe their comfort level in 11 clinical scenarios on a Likert-type scale ranging from 1 (not at all comfortable) to 10 (extremely comfortable).

EVALUATION:

151 surveys were returned for an overall response rate of 73%. Comfort levels ranged from a low of 3.1 to a high of 8.5 on the 10-point scale. Despite additional years of clinical training, fellows only reported an increased comfort level in 1 case.

CONCLUSION:

Learning needs exist in residents and fellows in the area of medical ethics. Use of a needs assessment was instrumental in planning and designing an ethics curriculum.

PMID:
15276898
DOI:
10.1207/s15328015tlm1602_13
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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