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Facilitating the transition to practice: a weekend retreat curriculum for business-of-medicine education of United States anesthesiology residents.

Authors
  • Holak, Elena J
  • Kaslow, Olga
  • Pagel, Paul S
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of anesthesia
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2010
Volume
24
Issue
5
Pages
807–810
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s00540-010-0973-7
PMID: 20563736
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Anesthesiology residents in the United States (US) not only must develop the clinical skills needed to provide independent patient care, but also are required to become familiar with the business aspects of the modern health care system. Unfortunately, practice management education may be inadequate during anesthesiology residency training. The authors describe the design and implementation of a weekend retreat curriculum in business-of-medicine education for anesthesiology residents. Experts were recruited to discuss interviewing skills, contract law and negotiation, billing and reimbursement, insurance, malpractice, and financial planning. A strict lecture didactic format was avoided, and presentations were designed to encourage speaker-audience interaction. The program was relatively simple to design and implement, satisfied several Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education core competencies for US anesthesiology education, may be altered as practice management evolves, and may be adapted to accommodate the needs of programs in other countries.

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