A New Concept in Educating Chief Residents-An Example for Others
Recently, St. Louis University, invited our Executive Director, Bob Bondurant, to speak to their Chief Residents. The administration of St. Louis University decided to offer a program about four years ago to present information for their Chief Residents that is not typically covered in their core curriculum. It includes providing information on business practices for their future careers, as well as physician wellness. These are subjects that had been requested by the Chief Residents themselves. Meetings are held three times a year. The first meeting is for incoming chiefs with the focus on their duties and responsibilities as Chief Residents. The second and third sessions cover subjects relating to their future practice of medicine, and often draws upon outside resources.
The Chief Resident has to be not only clinically proficient but also have supervisory skills as well. He/she may encounter addiction, mental illness, behavioral problems, family issues, financial issues and personal medical problems as well. The MPHP is available to consult with them regarding these critical personal issues. It is especially good to be reminded that “we are on their staff, not their payroll.” The MPHP is highly experienced with all distressed physician issues and welcome the opportunity to assist any Missouri physician or medical student.
We appreciate the invitation by Dr. Julie Gammack, Associate Dean with SLU’s Graduate Medical Education program to offer this presentation and hope that other academic institutions follow this example.