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WMJ Vol. 118 No. 2: Brief Report

A Novel Curriculum to Facilitate Career Choice in an Accelerated Medical Education Program

Sonal Chandratre, MD; Jacob Prunuske, MD, MSPH; Lisa Dodson, MD


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Introduction: Various specialties face the challenge of resident attrition. Trainees may withdraw due to several factors, including lack of adequate exposure to the specialty prior to joining the program. Making career choices becomes more challenging and stressful for students in an accelerated curriculum.

Methods: The authors created and piloted a novel early clinical course: Specialty Longitudinal Integrated Clinical Experience (SPLICE), which provides an opportunity for clinical enrichment and early career exploration in an accelerated medical education program.

Results: Initial evaluation by student and faculty demonstrate the curriculum’s feasibility and acceptability.

Discussion/Conclusion: Further implementation of the curriculum and long-term assessment is needed to determine its impact on career decisions and residency retention.

Author Affiliations: Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Medical College of Wisconsin-Central Wisconsin (MCW-CW) (Chandratre); Department of Family and Community Medicine, MCW-CW (Prunuske, Dodson), Wausau, Wis.

Corresponding Author: Sonal Chandratre, MD, Site Course Director CW Campus, Foundations of Clinical Medicine, Director of Specialty Longitudinal Integrated Clinical Experience, Director of Acting Internships, Medical College of Wisconsin-Central Wisconsin, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, 333 Pine Ridge Blvd, Suite 2-730, Wausau, WI 54401-4106; phone 715.870.0900; email schandratre@mcw.edu.

Funding/Support: None declared.

Financial Disclosures: None declared.