Teaching Health Policy to Residents—Three-Year Experience with a Multi-Specialty Curriculum
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- Greysen, S.R., Wassermann, T., Payne, P. et al. J GEN INTERN MED (2009) 24: 1322. doi:10.1007/s11606-009-1143-1
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Most residents have limited education or exposure to health policy during residency.
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.
Residents registered for a 3-week elective offered twice annually through the George Washington University Department of Health Policy.
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.
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%)].
This 3-week elective in health policy improves self-reported knowledge and interest in health policy research, advocacy, and teaching.