Promoting professionalism via a video-based educational workshop for academic hospitalists and housestaff

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Abstract

BACKGROUND

Unprofessional behavior can compromise care and detract from the hospital learning environment. Discrepancy between professional behaviors formally taught and what is witnessed has become increasingly evident.

METHODS

With funding from the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, a workshop was developed to address unprofessional behaviors related to inpatient care previously identified in a multi-institution survey. The aims were to utilize video-based education to illustrate unprofessional behaviors, how faculty play a role in promoting such behaviors, and facilitate reflection regarding motivation for and prevention of these behaviors. Hospitalists and housestaff at 3 Chicago-area academic hospitals and 1 community teaching affiliate participated. Videos were debriefed, identifying barriers to professional behavior and improvement strategies. A postworkshop survey assessed beliefs on behaviors and intent to change practice.

RESULTS

Forty-four (53%) faculty and 244 (68%) residents (postgraduate year 1 and greater) participated. The workshop was well received, with 89% reporting it “useful and effective.” Two-thirds expressed intent to change behavior. Most (86%) believed videos were realistic and effective. Those who perceived videos as “very realistic” were more likely to report intent to change behavior (93% vs 53%, P = 0.01).

CONCLUSIONS

Video-based education is a feasible way to promote reflection and address unprofessional behaviors among providers and may positively impact the learning environment. Journal of Hospital Medicine 2013;8:386–389. © 2013 Society of Hospital Medicine

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