Residents work closely with senior faculty. Education is a priority in the BCRP. From Grand Rounds by world-renowned specialists, to impromptu overnight clinical instruction, teaching and learning permeate all aspects of residents’ daily lives. At both BMC and BCH, there are daily protected teaching rounds and noon conferences that foster discussion and debate between residents and faculty. Through Family Centered Work Rounds, residents benefit by learning directly from senior faculty, fellow residents, and their patients at the bedside.
Residents are also given the opportunity to learn to teach right from the start, cultivating their skills as teachers and reinforcing their own knowledge through the art of teaching. Our Boston University and Harvard medical students consistently identify residents as one of the most important sources of instruction. As part of our commitment to case-based teaching, residents supervise medical student patient encounters all the way from the initial history through the presentation on rounds.
Resident Involvement in Curriculum Design
Through the Residency Program Training Committee and the Medical Education Academy, resident feedback and input are driving forces behind changes in the curriculum, which is evolving to meet the educational needs of the residents. Recent resident-led innovations in the BCRP curriculum include restructuring the lunch conferences into subspecialty blocks, increasing the number of hands-on/skills-based sessions, adding an intern morning report, developing a TEACH elective, reformatting the Academic Development Block lecture series, providing comprehensive review materials for residents on night rotations or vacation who miss certain teaching sessions and more. In the fall of 2015, the BCRP held a Strategic Planning Retreat that residents participated in to plan both short term and long term curriculum reform.