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Monday, February 27 • 10:00am - 10:45am
SUNDANCE - [Oral Presentation] 3. Development of a Content Outline for Undergraduate Critical Care Education using a Modified Delphi Method

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10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Development of a Content Outline for Undergraduate Critical Care Education using a Modified Delphi Method

A. Smith, K. Campell, University of Utah
J. Brainard, University of Colorado
Abstract Body: Introduction Critical care education is an important part of undergraduate medical education (UME). The Association of American Medical Colleges states that physicians entering residency should be competent in recognizing and initiating the management of a deteriorating patient who requires emergent care. One opportunity to learn such skills and knowledge is by caring for critically-ill patients. However, there is currently no available data or consensus on what students should learn regarding critical care. This lack of consensus is in contrast to other specialties, which have national content outlines that assist educators in designing curriculums. Other specialties have utilized Delphi consensus methods to develop content outlines. The aim of this research is to develop a national critical care content outline through a multidisciplinary expert consensus process to improve medical student education related to the management of deteriorating and critically-ill patients. Research Question 1) What are the core critical care skills and knowledge that should be learned during a UME critical care experience? Methods We use a modified Delphi process to reach consensus on the core skills and knowledge that should be learned during a UME critical care experience. The Delphi panel included 3 expert groups: 1) UME critical care educators identified through the Society of Critical Care Medicine; 2) residency program directors nominated by their respective national organizations; and 3) residency-level trainees nominated to represent residents of their respective specialties. Over three, iterative rounds, the Delphi panel will reach consensus on the critical care skills and knowledge expected of graduating medical students. Results The Delphi is currently beginning its third round. We expect completion of the Delphi by December 2016. The panel consists of 28 experts. The following specialties are represented: Internal Medicine (n=4), Emergency Medicine (n=6), Surgery (n=5), Anesthesia (n=6), Pediatrics (n=5), Ob/Gyn (n=2). Seventeen participants have sub-specialty training in critical care. Eight participants are currently in residency training. Consensus on the critical care skills and knowledge expected of graduating medical students is pending. Discussion The results of our Delphi will provide a national, consensus content outline for critical care in UME. By including experts from various disciplines, our content outline will be meaningful for all graduating students, independent of their intended specialty. The content outline will represent the first step for educators in the development of local and national UME critical care curriculums. 



Monday February 27, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
SUNDANCE

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