Making the Most of Medical Orientation – A New Approach

Taitz , FRACP, Dr Jonathan and Brydon , FRACP, Michael and Duffy, Damian (2004) Making the Most of Medical Orientation – A New Approach. [Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)]

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Orientating new junior medical staff can be a complex and time consuming task. Traditional models have typically involved a day or longer of lectures. This involves a large number of senior staff being available on the first day of term. It also means that junior staff not present on the first day had any access to an orientation program at all. Evaluation of our program confirmed the belief that the day was dull and that there was simply too much information for new staff to absorb. As a result of this feedback we extensively updated our orientation program. Pre-reading of the junior staff manual became compulsory. We departed from the traditional lecture style program and devised a new ten- station scenario based interactive program. The stations were designed to cover aspects of the hospital’s mandatory education and key educational requirements in order to function effectively on our campus. Station leaders were selected and trained in the goals of the new process. Several of our secondment sites were engaged in the development of the project topics. We hoped that our secondment sites would be relieved of some orientation responsibility if core material was delivered centrally. The strength of the new orientation is that it is portable, reproducible and uniform. It is also available via video conferencing. A single person can educate new staff in three hours if the need arises. Most importantly all new staff will have access to the program within a week of starting a term at our hospital.

Item Type:Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)
Keywords:medical orientation; junior staff; interactive
Subjects:JOURNALS > Medical Education Online > MEO Peer Reviewed
ID Code:3628
Deposited By: David, Solomon
Deposited On:06 May 2004
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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