Stories about: BRCP

Training doctors to be patient advocates

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Keystone residents get to know the communities and resources available in areas where their patients live, such as this triple-decker lined street in Boston. (Piotrus/Wikimedia Commons)

On a cool morning in September, a shuttle bus full of first year pediatric medical residents pulls up alongside a curb in Dorchester, one of the poorest areas of Boston. The doctors disembark and disperse in groups of twos and threes. They’re not making house calls or working in an area clinic. They have an appointment with housing court.

The residents are starting their “Keystone Quarter,” an innovative twelve week program launched by the Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP) in July 2013. Keystone combines three previously distinct rotations—adolescent medicine, developmental/behavioral pediatrics and advocacy—into a single three-month block. Content from each discipline is broken up and spread out longitudinally; instead of spending four weeks each on advocacy, behavioral health and adolescent medicine, residents experience segments of all three curricula every week for twelve weeks. …Read More

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Bringing mentors back into medicine: Promoting career guidance for medical residents

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A supportive mentor can make a huge impact on a novice physician’s confidence and career trajectory. Proven benefits range from a higher promotion rate to improved job satisfaction. One study from Harvard Medical School found that residents with mentors were twice as likely to report “excellent career preparation,” and 93 percent said it’s important to have a mentor during residency.

Unfortunately, only half of the residents who took part in that study could actually name a current or past mentor.

“You used to see senior physicians, mid-career doctors, residents and fellows all eating together in the cafeteria,” says Theodore Sectish, MD, Director of Education for the Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP), a joint training effort of Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center. “Now it’s more likely that people eat at their desks. You just don’t see those kinds of organic interactions.” …Read More

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