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“I’d Like to Thank the Academy”…Reflections on Our Inaugural Fellows Academy
Purpose: To create a department-wide Fellows Academy to provide senior
trainees with an inclusive educational forum, inter-divisional mentorship,
networking opportunities and wellness activities.
Background: Fellows in the final stages of training can often
become siloed within divisons as they narrow their scope of practice. We
created a Fellows Academy to bring together fellows across sub-specialties to
discuss common issues as they prepare for independent practice and to enhance a
broader sense of community within our department.
Methods: We conducted an initial needs assessment survey to
determine interest, meeting frequency, and topics of interest. In
response, we planned three talks for the year - one on malpractice and one
about preparing for a job interview - both requested by 80% of respondents.
We also included a joint wellness session with residents about writing a
condolence letter to a patient or her family. Fellows evaluated each
individual session as well as the overall program.
Results: \"48% of fellows completed the needs assessment.
70% felt that a Fellows Academy would be beneficial to their training and 30%
were unsure. Evaluations of the individual events were extremely
positive. All three sessions received a mean rating 5.0 out of 5.0.
Representative comments included, “thanks for organizing - this was a great and
under-addressed topic” and “moving
Discussions: helpful exercise”. At the conclusion of the academic
year, 100% of respondents felt that the Fellows Academy should be
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