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Continuous Quality Improvement for Psychiatry Residency Didactic Curricula

  • Nicole M. Benson
  • Heather S. Vestal
  • Judith A. Puckett
  • John B. Taylor
  • Charlotte Hogan
  • Felicia A. Smith
  • Scott R. Beach
Feature: Educational Case Report

The field of psychiatry is rapidly evolving, and residency didactic curricula must also evolve in order to remain up-to-date and relevant to the learner. However, ensuring continuous revision of educational content can be a significant challenge for residency programs. Curriculum revision is a complex process that requires input from faculty for planning, implementation, and monitoring, as well as feedback from learners themselves [1]. It can be difficult to obtain consistent and meaningful feedback about each didactic and to interpret the feedback to inform curriculum changes. Administrative resources for gathering and interpreting feedback are scarce, resident comments may be overly reactionary in the immediate post-didactic period, and faculty may be resistant to suggested changes. In the absence of specific constructive feedback, didactic instructors may deliver the same session year after year. Though the importance of ongoing curricular revision has been emphasized [2, 3], to...

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Funding Information

Nicole M. Benson, MD, is supported by the Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital Research Concentration Program R25MH094612-06.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

This Educational Case Report was not intended as a research project. We consulted with the Partners Healthcare IRB/Partners Human Research Committee and determined that the study did meet the criteria for a Quality Improvement project and was exempt from IRB approval.

Disclosure

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.

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© Academic Psychiatry 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicole M. Benson
    • 1
  • Heather S. Vestal
    • 2
  • Judith A. Puckett
    • 1
  • John B. Taylor
    • 1
  • Charlotte Hogan
    • 1
  • Felicia A. Smith
    • 1
  • Scott R. Beach
    • 1
  1. 1.Massachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.McLean HospitalBelmontUSA

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