A novel 6-day cycle surgical pathology rotation improves resident satisfaction and maintains Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) milestone performance

Christopher Felicelli*, Alcino Pires Gama, Yevgen Chornenkyy, Kruti P Maniar, Luis Z. Blanco, Jorge E. Novo

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Abstract

Surgical pathology residency training in the United States lags behind other specialties in quality control and graduated responsibility to train independent pathologists capable of seamlessly entering practice after training. We observed that our traditional 3-day-cycle surgical pathology cycle (day 1–grossing; day 2 –biopsies/frozens/preview; day 3 – sign-out) consistently and negatively impacted resident education by reducing preview time, case follow-up, immunohistochemical stain (IHC) interpretation, and molecular study integration. We aimed to create a modern surgical pathology rotation that improved performance and outcomes. We innovated our rotation to enhance resident education and ensure graduated responsibility. A novel 6-day cycle was created composed of 2 grossing days, 1 frozens/biopsies/preview days, 2 dedicated sign-out days, and 1 frozens/biopsies/case completion day. Residents completed surveys before implementing the new rotation and 6 months after implementation to track self-assessment of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) milestone performance and internal quality control metrics. Clinical Competency Committee (CCC) annual evaluations were assessed in paired PGY levels pre- and post-intervention. After implementation, there was a statistically significant improvement in self-assessment of levels 4 and 5 of ACGME milestones and improved satisfaction of quality metrics, including time for previewing, reviewing IHC, graduated responsibility, and perceived readiness for independent practice. CCC evaluations showed overall maintained performance levels, with trends towards improvements in junior resident classes. Our 6-day cycle adequately fulfills the current demands of our sizeable academic center's surgical pathology training and can be a model for pathology residencies looking to modernize their surgical pathology rotations and resident education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100088
JournalAcademic Pathology
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2023

Keywords

  • ACGME milestones
  • Quality improvement
  • Resident education
  • Surgical pathology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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