USING KEY FEATURES TO EXAMINE STUDENTS' READINESS FOR INTERNSHIP: RECOGNIZING WHAT REALLY MATTERS
Starla Martinez,Northeast Ohio Medical Center,Akron,OH
Rationale: Clerkship and Sub-I directors strive to ensure students acquire sufficient medical knowledge and clinical skills before graduation, and program directors want interns who excel in both. One challenge facing educators is the lack of objective ways to assess a learner's ability to use clinical reasoning to resolve clinical problems. Key features are the critical elements that are needed to resolve a clinical situation and involve the pivotal aspects of a scenario, often hinging on the steps in which learners are likely to make mistakes.
Objectives: In this workshop participants will explore a novel approach in pediatric medical education, the Key Features (KF) approach. Through engaged team learning techniques, participants will design practical tools that use KF for teaching and assessing clinical reasoning.
Methods and Content: We plan to flip the classroomwith brief pre-workshop reading, ensuring accountability through a Readiness Assessment Test. Next, we will examine how our colleagues in Internal Medicine, Surgery and Emergency Medicine are using this approach to assess clinical reasoning rather than solely recall of facts. We will share a set of pediatric clinical problems and their KFs that have been developed by a group of COMSEP members over the past year. The participants will work in small groups to design activities using these KFs that would be appropriate for use during sub-internships or pre-residency boot camps. Each group will sell their ideas to the other groups via a gallery walk and then the large group will vote to identify activities best suited for further development. Participants will be invited to join with others for further project development following the COMSEP meeting.