Education research: neurology residency training in the new millennium.
OBJECTIVE: To survey adult neurology program directors (ANPD) to identify their most pressing needs at a time of dramatic change in neurology resident education. METHODS: All US ANPD were surveyed in 2007 using an instrument adjusted from a 1999 survey instrument. The goal was to characterize current program content, the institution and evaluation of the core competencies, program director characteristics, program director support, the institution of work duty hour requirements, resident support, and the curriculum needs of program directors and programs. RESULTS: A response rate of 82.9% was obtained. There is a significant disconnect between administration time spent by ANPD and departmental/institutional support of this, with ANPD spending approximately 35% of a 50-hour week on administration with only 16.7% salary support. Rearrangement of rotations or services has been the most common mode for ANPD to deal with work duty hour requirements, with few programs employing mid level providers. Most ANPD do not feel work duty hour reform has improved resident education. More residents are entering fellowships following graduation than documented in the past. Curriculum deficiencies still exist for ANPD to meet all Neurology Program Requirements, especially for nontraditional neurology topics outside the conventional bounds of clinical neurology (e.g., practice management). Nearly one quarter of neurology residency programs do not have a meeting or book fund for every resident in the program. CONCLUSIONS: Adult neurology program directors (ANPDs) face multiple important financial and organizational hurdles. At a time of increasing complexity in medical education, ANPDs need more institutional support.
Schuh, LA; Adair, JC; Drogan, O; Kissela, BM; Morgenlander, JC; Corboy, JR
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