Orientation to Social Medicine and the Bronx: An Educational Experience for Adult Learners

A. H. Strelnick, Marji Gold, Larry Dyche, Celestine Fulchon, Anne Gooding, Robert J. Massad

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Background: Little attention has been paid to the orientation process used to assist residents in their transition from student to physician. Description: The Residency Program in Social Medicine of the Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine developed an innovative orientation for 1st-year residents in primary care internal medicine, pediatrics, and family practice, built on the principles of adult education. Evaluation: Formative evaluation questionnaires from four orientation cohorts, 1990-93, were analyzed (total residents = 77, respondents = 66, response rate = 86%), including both quantitative (Likert scale) and qualitative assessments of its goals and learning activities. Over the 4 years analyzed, 95% of the residents' median evaluation met or exceeded their expectations. More than 60% of the residents' median evaluations of all learning activities were rated very good to excellent. Qualitative evaluations highlighted both the special virtues and drawbacks of such an adult learning experience. Conclusions: This orientation conforms to the principles of adult education and has consistently achieved its goals in orienting residents to the history, organization, and culture of their clinical institutions and community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-108
Number of pages8
JournalTeaching and Learning in Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998

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  • Education


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