Evaluation of Knowledge Acquisition with a Practice Management Course for Anesthesiology Residents: A Pilot Study.

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Journal Article

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J Educ Perioper Med






Physicians routinely rely on nontechnical skills-including leadership ability, managerial skills and financial considerations-when delivering patient care. Efficient practice management is a commonplace expectation of attending anesthesiologists, but there is no uniform residency training to foster the expertise required to succeed in this endeavor. The purpose of this study is to evaluate a novel practice management course for anesthesiology residents.

Methods: Senior anesthesiology residents (Clinical Anesthesia-3) at The George Washington University were eligible to participate in a 1-month Ambulatory Anesthesiology-Practice Management Rotation focusing on the acquisition of nontechnical skills and knowledge applicable to becoming an effective clinical leader. The rotation included 1-week service as operating room manager, completion of an online module, assigned readings with follow-up discussions, and completion of a billing and reimbursement exercise. The interventions, in aggregate, were measured with a preknowledge and a postknowledge test.

Results: Twelve residents out of 14 (86%) completed the preknowledge and postknowledge tests. Residents scored significantly higher on the postcourse exam (61.49%, SD 18.65%) than the pretest (42.7%, SD 12.7%) (P < .004).

Conclusion: A curriculum designed to develop the practice management skills required of a physician anesthesiologist is feasible and effective at improving knowledge within a 1-month, senior resident rotation.

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