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Sunday, February 26 • 11:00am - 11:45am
(DEER VALLEY) Early Clinical Experiences: Are we all talking about the same thing?

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Abstract Body: Objectives This small group session is intended to facilitate a conversation about the definitions and value of early clinical experiences, and develop strategies to converge student and administrator expectations for these experiences. At the end of this small group session, participants will be able to: *Explain how definitions of “Early Clinical Experience” (ECE) can vary across stakeholder groups (educational leadership, course directors, students, preceptors, clinic administrators) *Explore ways that students seek and gain what they perceive to be valuable ECE in the first year of medical school Identify expected educational outcomes from ECE *Propose methods for identifying gaps between student and administration definitions of ECE *Propose methods for identifying gaps between student and administration expectations of ECE *Consider methods for evaluating the extent to which expectations are met Methods Early Clinical Experience is a term that is both ubiquitous and loosely defined. There is a national shift toward providing clinical experience earlier in medical school, sometimes as early as the first month. In addition to doctoring courses, many schools are including a variety of required early clinical experiences in large-scale curriculum change efforts, and others provide early clinical experiences in predominantly elective experiences. We will discuss our institution’s efforts to create a common operational definition of “early clinical experience”, including sharing examples of the different experiential learning courses we developed. We will also share how we aligned stakeholder expectations to the development the current early clinical experience and suggest ways these experiences may reform in future iterations as our curriculum evolves. We will engage participants in discussion of existing gaps in defining and setting expectations for early clinical experiences, challenge the group to develop a shared operational definition, and establish the foundation for a future collaborative perspectives piece or similar scholarly work. Intended Outcomes Participants will engage in discussion of the challenges and benefits of establishing a shared operational definition of the term “early clinical experience”. By the end of the session the group will create a shared operational definition, assess how various stakeholder groups may challenge this definition, and develop strategies participants may utilize to address stakeholder concerns. Target Audience MD program faculty, staff, students 

Sunday February 26, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am

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