Abstract ID: 3874

Primary Topic: Curriculum design and development
Secondary Topic: Teaching, learning, and assessment

Nurturing the Next Generation of Healers
Julie McKee, MD; Victor Sierpina, MD; Julian Jimenez, BA, , Galveston, TX, United States

Late Breaker: No

Overview

The Physician Healer Track (PHT) is a 4 year longitudinal curriculum designed to help students maintain the altruistic spirit that brought them to medical school. The 4 pillars of PHT are: Wellness, Mindfulness, Communication and Being with Suffering.  Enthusiasm for this work has resulted in about 25% of incoming students enrolling in PHT. It is our hope that PHT helps students weather medical training with an increased sense of efficacy and resilience. Preliminary data suggest that we are succeeding. 

Rationale

Students come to medical school in order to help people. They matriculate as bright, energetic and altruistic individuals. The standard medical school curriculum focuses heavily on basic and clinical sciences which teach how to fix patients. This curriculum has long been associated with decreased wellbeing, diminished empathy and increased burnout. The PHT helps students gain skills in personal reflection, communication, wellness, mindfulness and being a healing presence for those who are suffering. It is our hope that PHT helps students weather medical training with an increased sense of efficacy and resilience. Preliminary data suggest that we are succeeding.

Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe a 4 year longitudinal curriculum focused on creating our next generation of healers.
  2. Describe the impact of this curriculum from a student’s perspective.
  3. Describe the results of data collected over the past 5 years.
  4. Experience an activity designed to shift personal perception

Methods/Session Format

Session Format:

Introduction and Curricular Overview: 15 min

Student Perspective: 20 min

Data: 15 min

Experiential Activity: 15 min

Questions: 10 min

Outline

1. Overview of Curriculum

    A. Topics and format of monthly evening small group meetings

    B. Topics and experiential activities for the 2 month summer preceptorship

    C. Topics and experiential activities for the senior elective

    D. Required and optional readings

2. Student Perspective 

   A. Why did you sign up for this in the first place? 

   B. What have you learned that has been helpful? 

   C. What has been most difficult for you on this journey? 

   D. How do you see this affecting you in the future both personally and professionally?

3. Data

    A. Results of data collected from students about the curricular content

    B. Results of data collected about impact on personal life

    C. Results of data collected about professional development

4. Experiential Activity 

    A. Perception and Your "To Do List"