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Poster Presentation:


AN INNOVATIVE WAY TO TEACH AND EVALUATE THE COMPETENCIES : ACGME FANTASY FOOTBALL SCORES (STUDENT CRITIQUES ON RESIDENT EDUCATION SKILLS) PROGRAM AT K HOVNANIAN CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

Authors:

Srividya Naganathan, MD, MD, Jersey shore  University medical center, Neptune, NewJersey, Paul Schwartzberg, MD, Jersey  shore university medical center, Neptune, New Jersey 


Background:  There has been an increasing emphasis on ‘Resident as Teacher’ and the use of ACGME competencies for evaluation. Our ACGME fantasy football SCORES program incorporates ACGME competencies into a creative new evaluation tool for medical students to evaluate our pediatric residents.
Objectives: 1 Promote understanding of  ACGME competencies among students
2. Motivate residents to function as better teachers.
Methods: Pediatric clerkship blocks are set up as “fantasy football” games. Residents are divided into teams and compete against each other to accumulate points over the 6 week rotation. Medical students award points on a scale of 1-5 to residents. Students are provided with a legend on a SCORES card to link  teaching events to specific ACGME competencies. At the end of each block, the team with maximum points is recognized. At the end of the year, the team accumulating highest number of points is the ACGME “Super Bowl” winner. Students complete pre and post-surveys to assess their understanding of the ACGME competencies and perception on resident teaching.
Results: Over a 3 month period,13 students (100%) and 19 residents (86%) participated in the survey. 62% of students felt they were more aware of the ACGME competencies at the end of their  rotation. 73% of students felt the“Fantast Football Program” made residents better teachers and is an effective way to evaluate residents in the competencies. 93% of students believed  better resident teachers helped them learn better and influenced their career choices. 89% of residents felt the “Fantasy Football Program” is effective in promoting friendly competition and motivate teaching.
Conclusion: With increasing ACGME requirements, novel approaches are needed to promote understanding and use of competencies for evaluation of students and residents.  Our SCORES program showed that students are more aware of the competencies by the end of their rotation. Students and residents felt this program makes residents better teachers. More data is being collected to determine if this program can sustain significant improved teaching and understanding of  ACGME competencies.