Surgical Residents as Teachers

Project Title:

Surgical Residents as Teachers (SRAT):  Implementing an Educators’ Curriculum for Surgical Residents

Principal Applicant’s Name:

Sandra Jarvis-Selinger, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery         

Names and Affiliations of Other Applicants:

Karen Joughin, MD, PhD, Assistant Dean, Faculty of Medicine, MD Undergraduate Program; and Dept of Surgery

Morad Hameed, MD, Assistant Professor; Program Director, Postgraduate Education, Division of General Surgery

Scott W. Bloom MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Dept of Surgery, The Richmond Hospital Site

Dan Pratt, PhD, Professor, Dept of Educational Studies; Senior Scholar, Centre for Health Education Scholarship

Shaun Deen, MD, PGY5 Resident, Division of General Surgery

Tracy Scott MD, Clinical Educator Fellow CHES (Centre for Health Education Scholarship), UBC

Project Summary:

Surgical residents play a critical role in the education of medical students and other resident colleagues. Teaching during residency also enhances residents’ own learning (Morrison et al., 2005). This acknowledgement of resident teaching roles has led professional organizations such as the AAMC, ACGME, and LCME to prioritize the acquisition of teaching skills by residents. Therefore, it is not surprising that there is an increasing need for educational programs to support and develop residents as teachers. Many other specialty programs throughout the country have developed courses with a variety of approaches and assessments of teaching (Post et al., 2009, Morrison et al, 2003).

The current proposal builds on this work and aims to develop, implement, and evaluate a modular, scalable, longitudinal ‘surgical residents as teachers’ (SRAT) program that is developmentally appropriate across residency years. This SRAT program will allow surgical residency programs to implement various teaching modules, each of which is targeted at specific residency years.  The program will provide a standardized, developmental curriculum that is responsive to the pedagogical needs, competencies and roles of junior and senior residents across the several years of their training.

Surgical Residents as Teachers Timeline (PDF)