ENHANCING THE CLERKSHIP ORIENTATION EXPERIENCE
Elizabeth T. Kehl,Greenville Health System,Greenville,SC
Rationale: Clerkship orientation is important because it can increase the confidence of students going into the clerkship and sets the expectations/framework of the clerkship. A strong clerkship orientation can play a vital part for students and set them up for success in their clerkship. This workshop will engage participants in discussion of key elements for orientation and thinking outside the box to improve student knowledge of services and skills from the first day of the clerkship
Objectives: 1) Analyze current orientation practices at various institutions 2) Discuss potential new components for inclusion in the clerkship orientation 3) Appraise the utility of simulation as part of the orientation process 4) Construct a plan for improving the orientation process at your home institution
Methods and Content: The workshop will begin with group discussion of clerkship administrators sharing their current orientation processes. This discussion will be followed by a brainstorming session about the important components to be covered at orientation, potential expansion topics that help students better understand the services offered and unique aspects of caring for children. Participants will then divide into small groups, with each group discussing a component of orientation to include the importance and involvement of social work, child life and other support services, general expectations/ structure of the clerkship, and pharmacy/medication. Each small group will report. The lead facilitator will then lead brief discussion on the unique aspects of the pediatric rotation as compared to adult rotations. A presentation of the potential use of experience of the simulation center at orientation will be given, followed by small group discussion. The workshop will conclude with small group discussion and large group sharing of the current and potential role for Clerkship Administrators in the orientation process. Each participant will complete a worksheet with goals for improving orientation prior to leaving the workshop, which they can take back to their home institutions for implementation.