Teaching Health Policy to Residents—Three-Year Experience with a Multi-Specialty Curriculum

  • S. Ryan Greysen
  • Travis Wassermann
  • Perry Payne
  • Fitzhugh Mullan
Innovations in Education

DOI: 10.1007/s11606-009-1143-1

Cite this article as:
Greysen, S.R., Wassermann, T., Payne, P. et al. J GEN INTERN MED (2009) 24: 1322. doi:10.1007/s11606-009-1143-1

ABSTRACT

INTRODUCTION

Most residents have limited education or exposure to health policy during residency.

AIMS

We developed a course to (1) educate residents on health policy topics applicable to daily physician practice; (2) expose residents to health policy careers through visits with policy makers and analysts; (3) promote personal engagement in health policy.

SETTING

Residents registered for a 3-week elective offered twice annually through the George Washington University Department of Health Policy.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The course format includes: daily required readings and small-group seminars with policy experts, interactive on-site visits with policy makers, and final team presentations to senior faculty on topical health policy issues.

PROGRAM EVALUATION

One hundred thirty residents from 14 specialties have completed the course to date. Seventy completed our post-course survey. Most participants [59 (84%)] felt the course was very or extremely helpful. Participant self-ratings increased from pre- to post-course in overall knowledge of health policy [2 (3%) good or excellent before, 58 (83%) after], likelihood of teaching policy concepts to peers [20 (25%) vs. 62 (86%)], and likelihood of pursuing further health policy training [28 (37%) vs. 56 (82%)].

CONCLUSIONS

This 3-week elective in health policy improves self-reported knowledge and interest in health policy research, advocacy, and teaching.

KEY WORDS

health policy residency education curriculum medical education 

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Copyright information

© Society of General Internal Medicine 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Ryan Greysen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Travis Wassermann
    • 2
  • Perry Payne
    • 2
  • Fitzhugh Mullan
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.School of MedicineGeorge Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Health PolicySchool of Public Health and Health SciencesWashingtonUSA