18 Feb

March 3rd, 2021 SIMPL and CBME Informational Event

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March 3rd: Join SIMPL in Improving Trainee Competence

In our shared work, we have highlighted competency gaps for graduating residents across many surgical specialties.1–7 These gaps are a call to action.
The Society for Improving Medical Professional Learning (SIMPL, formerly the PLSC) invites you to a live informational webinar on Wednesday, March 3rd at 10am Pacific/11am Mountain/12pm Central/1pm Eastern to discuss a new initiative to improve trainee competence for key procedures across all levels of trainees.
In launching this multi-institutional, multi-specialty project, we will build on the existing assessment infrastructure of SIMPL to collectively develop and test small, practical teaching and learning practices. Those practices will target trainees’ competence as measured by SIMPL OR app evaluations.   
For this pilot, our collective goal is that every trainee achieve practice-readiness on one specialty-defined index procedure within each PGY. Index procedures will be collectively chosen by project participants and informed by existing SIMPL data. For example, in general surgery it might be chest tube placement for PGY-1 trainees and partial colectomy for PGY-5 trainees.
To achieve this goal we will apply a formal collaborative quality improvement approach based on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Breakthrough Series8 and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching9 models. As far as we are aware, this will be the first time a collaborative QI approach has been used to improve medical education outcomes at a national level.
We welcome programs participating from all specialties. Furthermore, individuals need not be from a current SIMPL member program to attend this informational event.

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1. George BC, Bohnen JD, Williams RG, et al. Readiness of US General Surgery Residents for Independent Practice. Ann Surg. 2017;266(4):582-594.
2. Chen JX, Kozin E, Bohnen J, et al. Assessments of Otolaryngology Resident Operative Experiences Using Mobile Technology: A Pilot Study. Otolaryngol Neck Surg. 2019;161(6):939-945. doi:10.1177/0194599819868165
3. Koduri S, Altshuler DB, Khalsa SSS, et al. Using a Mobile Application for Evaluation of Procedural Learning in Neurosurgery. World Neurosurg. 2020;138:e124-e150. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wneu.2020.02.049
4. Zendejas B, Lillehei CW, George BC, Modi BP. Assessment of Operative Autonomy and Readiness for Independent Practice Among Pediatric Surgery Fellows. J Pediatr Surg. 2020;55(1):117-121. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2019.09.061
5. Shekar R, George BC, Bohnen JD, Villa A. Assessing Clinical Competence and Autonomy of Oral Medicine Residents:  It Is Simple. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2017;124(3):e194. doi:10.1016/j.oooo.2017.05.488
6. Kobraei EM, Bohnen JD, George BC, et al. Uniting Evidence-Based Evaluation with the ACGME Plastic Surgery Milestones: A Simple and Reliable Assessment of Resident Operative Performance. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016;138(2):349e-357e. doi:10.1097/PRS.0000000000002411
7. Kaban LB, Cappetta A, George BC, Lahey ET, Bohnen JD, Troulis MJ. Evaluation of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residents’ Operative Skills: Feasibility and Engagement Study Using SIMPL Software for a Mobile Phone. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2017;75(10):2041-2047. doi:10.1016/j.joms.2017.05.036
8. The breakthrough series: IHI’s collaborative model for achieving breakthrough improvement. Published online 2003.
9. Bryk AS, Gomez LM, Grunow A, LeMahieu PG. Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better. Harvard Education Press; 2015.