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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 continued. \"

Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2019, Resident, Residency Director, Residency Coordinator, Patient Care, Professionalism, Systems-Based Practice & Improvement, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, GME, Independent Study,

General Information

Resident,Residency Director,Residency Coordinator,
Patient Care,Professionalism,Systems-Based Practice & Improvement,Interpersonal & Communication Skills,Practice-Based Learning & Improvement,
Independent Study,
Clinical Focus

Author Information

Rini Ratan, MD; Columbia University Medical Center

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