Edition 2021 Volume 1
Shenandoah Valley Family Practice Residency
At VCU-Shenandoah Valley we added a “Resident-Led Lecture” that occurs every Monday at 12:15pm via Zoom. Any available resident can attend and we have the capability to record if requested. It was created because there was a request for more adult inpatient medicine lectures and no real peer-to-peer teaching was currently in place. Lecturers are scheduled on a volunteer basis and the topic is the resident’s choice.
Right now we keep it low-key with an informal format of verbal presentation covering key history, differential, workup and treatment plus any “pearls” on the topic for about 10-15 minutes with time for questions after. It definitely makes the lecturer accountable for being the “expert” and everyone ends up learning something new by the end. We additionally set up a Google Drive to complement the lectures where up-to-date guidelines and other practice changing articles are stored on the various topics for easy to reference material at a later time.
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VCU-Bon Secours’ St. Francis Family Medicine Residency
VCU-Bon Secours’ St. Francis Family Medicine residency program is one of the largest family medicine residencies in the state of Virginia. It is also known as a diverse program with an emphasis on camaraderie. Since the onset of the pandemic, the “Chief Hour” was established via a monthly Zoom in an effort to further integrate resident-led didactic learning. Chief Residents lead this hour-long session dedicated to skill-building and team work. The sessions have ranged from interesting topics on how to approach difficult conversations with vaccine-hesitant parents, learning to recognize the signs of burnout, playing medicine-themed “Family Feud” or taking the time to share feedback and ask questions about residency. The sessions are designed to be a safe space that encourages open and confidential conversations among residents. Most importantly, it has engaged the new intern class and allowed them to get to know their fellow residents a little better as they navigate residency in a remote, socially-distanced world. We hope to continue the tradition of “Chief Hour” in the years to come and that this form of integrative and resident-led learning contributes to the development of clinicians ready for their future careers!