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Emerg Med J. 2017 Oct 21. pii: emermed-2017-206692. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2017-206692. [Epub ahead of print]

Using an alumni survey to target improvements in an emergency medicine training programme.

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1
Department of Emergency Medicine, New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
2
Department of Emergency Medicine, George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC, USA.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is the governing body responsible for accrediting graduate medical training programme in the USA. The Emergency Medicine Milestones (EM-Milestones) were developed by the ACGME and American Board of Emergency Medicine as a guide and monitoring tool for the knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences to be acquired during training. Alumni surveys have been reported as a valuable resource for training programme to identify areas for improvement; however, there are few studies regarding programme improvement in emergency medicine. We aimed to use the EM-Milestones, adapted as an alumni self-assessment survey, to identify areas for training programme improvement.

METHODS:

This study was conducted at an urban, academic affiliated, community hospital in New York city with an emergency medicine training programme consisting of 30 residents over 3 years. Alumni of our emergency medicine training programme were sent an EM-Milestones-based self-assessment survey. Participants evaluated their ability in each EM-Milestones subcompetency on a Likert scale. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics.

RESULTS:

Response rate was 74% (69/93). Alumni reported achieving the target performance in 5/6 general competencies, with Systems-Based Practice falling below the target performance. The survey further identified 6/23 subcompetencies (Pharmacotherapy, Ultrasound, Wound Management, Patient Safety, Systems-Based Management and Technology) falling below the target performance level.

DISCUSSION:

Alumni self-evaluation of competence using the EM-Milestones provides valuable information concerning confidence to practice independently; these data, coupled with regular milestone evaluation of existing trainees, can identify problem areas and provide a blueprint for targeted programme improvement.

KEYWORDS:

education, assessment; teaching; training

Conflict of interest statement

Competing interests: None declared.

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