Improving Quality in Graduate Pathology Education at University of Miami – Implementation of a One Year Curriculum.
Carlos E Parra-Herran, Carol K Petito. U Miami Jackson Memorial Hosp, FL
Background: Participation in conferences and didactic sessions with faculty and guest speakers is a valuable component of resident training in pathology. In order to be successful, the organization of these activities should be done through strategic thinking and planning, considering the strengths and diversity of the trainers and the constantly changing needs of the trainees.
Design: Academic activities in the academic year 2009-10 were planned in a monthly basis. The main concerns of faculty and residents during that period were the lack of continuity in the topics presented and systems-based learning, frequent cancellations or rescheduling of sessions and small number of interactive anatomic pathology (AP) slide sessions. Accordingly, we developed a one year anatomic and clinical pathology systems-based curriculum before the start of the academic year. We compared the number and type of learning sessions between the 2009-10 and 2010-11 periods, as well as attendance and cancellation rate for the first two months.
Results: Changes in the number and type of academic sessions between the periods 2009-10 and 2010-11 are shown in Table 1.