University of Wisconsin–Madison Medical College of Wisconsin

Bridging Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education: A Resident-as-Educator Curriculum Embedded in an Internship Preparation Course

Jessica S. Tischendorf, MD, MS; Melissa MacDonald, MD; Matthew W. Harer, MD; Christa A. Pittner-Smith, MD; Amy B. Zelenski, PhD; Sara K. Johnson, MD

WMJ. 2020;119(4):278-281.

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Background: Many graduate medical education programs have implemented curricula to develop trainees into the next generation of medical teachers; however, coordination of in-person teaching curricula is challenging due to full trainee schedules.

Methods: To address limited in-person time, we developed a largely asynchronous resident-as-educator curriculum. Our elective curricular activities are embedded within the fourth-year internship preparation course at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and include trainees from internal medicine, family medicine, and pediatrics.

Results: Trainee self-assessment of teaching skills improved after our curriculum, and students evaluated resident sessions favorably.

Discussion: Trainees can be effective teachers in an internship preparation course after a brief, asynchronous teaching curriculum. To disseminate our curriculum, we designed a resident-as-educator curriculum website.

Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH), Madison, Wis (Tischendorf, MacDonald, Zelenski, Johnson); Department of Pediatrics, UWSMPH, Madison, Wis (Harer); Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, UWSMPH, Madison, Wis (Pittner-Smith).
Corresponding Author: Jessica Tischendorf, MD, MS, Fellow, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, 1685 Highland Ave, Madison, WI 53705; phone 608.263.1545; email
Acknowledgements: The authors would like to acknowledge Shobhina Chheda, MD, MPH, and Bennett Vogelman, MD, for their contribution to curriculum development and the internal medicine, family medicine, and pediatrics trainees at the University of Wisconsin for their commitment to educating medical students.
Funding/Support: The pilot curriculum was funded by University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Medicine Medical Education Innovation Grants.
Financial Disclosures: None declared.
Previous Presentations: This work has previously been presented in the following local, regional and national forums: Central Group on Educational Affairs Regional Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, March 2017; University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Medical Education Day, Madison, Wisconsin, May 2017; Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, April 2018; Academic Internal Medicine Week, Baltimore, Maryland, March 2017.
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