E: Infectious Diseases Medical Education
Oral Abstract Submission
Traditional infectious diseases (ID) rotations for internal medicine (IM) residents focus on inpatient consultation, potentially skewing trainees’ perspectives on ID. We report our experience with a hybrid inpatient-outpatient ID rotation which provides broader ID clinical exposure and an effective venue for educational innovation.
We included all IM residents completing an assigned ID rotation in the UT Southwestern IM residency since July 2013. From July 2013 to June 2017, a four-week ambulatory ID (Amb ID) rotation, consisting of general and subspecialty ID clinics and weekly teaching sessions focused on ID board review, was offered in parallel to traditional inpatient ID consult rotations. From July 2017 to present, all assigned residents complete up to a four-week ID hybrid rotation, consisting of two weeks of ambulatory ID and two weeks of inpatient ID consults, with all residents receiving weekly teaching sessions; in some cases, the 4 weeks were not completed sequentially. Data were collected on resident numbers and training level, quantitative and qualitative course evaluations, and program in-training exam scores in ID content areas.
From July 2013 to June 2019, IM residents completed a total of 626 ID rotations, an average of 104 per year (Table 1). A sample ID hybrid schedule is shown in Table 2. Overall resident satisfaction with the ID hybrid rotation was 4.7 (std. dev. 0.7) on a 5-point Likert scale. This rotation has consistently been among the highest rated rotations by residents. In-training exam ID scores increased significantly with creation of the Amb ID rotation in 2013 and further increased since 2017 with creation of the ID hybrid, in which both inpatient and ambulatory residents receive the weekly teaching sessions (Figure 1). Pilot educational innovations through this rotation include an online web-based antibiotic stewardship curriculum (2014-15) and a mobile app-based ID board review platform utilizing spaced interval learning (2018-19).
A hybrid inpatient-outpatient ID rotation for IM residents has proven to be a highly effective platform for ID education and curriculum innovation at our institution. This concept could be exported to other institutions and increase IM resident interest and breadth of clinical exposure in ID.