Chief Resident Immersion Training in the Care of Older Adults: A Successful National Replication of an Interspecialty Educational Intervention

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PurposeNongeriatricians must acquire skills and knowledge in geriatric medicine to ensure coordinated care of older adults’ complex conditions by interspecialty and interprofessional teams. Chief residents (CRs) are an ideal target for an educational intervention. This study examined whether the Boston Medical Center Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT) in the Care of Older Adults was replicable at diverse medical institutions.MethodBetween 2008 and 2010, 12 institutions in 11 states received funding, technical support, and a common program model. Each implemented 2.5-day CRITs, consisting of a patient case, geriatrics-related lectures, CR leadership sessions, action project planning, and networking time. Site faculty conducted 21 CRITs for 295 CRs representing 28 specialties. CRs completed knowledge pre- and posttests, and self-report baseline and six-month follow-up surveys. Outcome measures were change in pre- and posttest score, and change from baseline to six months in self-reported surveys.ResultsResponse rate for CRs was 99% (n = 293) for the pre–post tests and 78% (n = 231) for matchable baseline and follow-up surveys. Participants’ knowledge increased from 6.32 to 8.39 (P < .001) averaged from 12 questions. CRs’ self-reported ability to apply clinical problem-solving skills to older patients (P < .001), number of geriatrics topics taught (P < .001), frequency of geriatrician consultations (P = .017), confidence in leadership skills (P < .001), and confidence to conduct CR work (P < .001) increased from baseline to follow-up.ConclusionsCRIT is an innovative way to give nongeriatricians knowledge and skills to treat complex older patients.

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