Intrinsic CanMEDS Competencies Expected of Medical Students During Emergency Medicine Core Rotation: A Needs Assessment
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Objectives There are few high-quality free open-access medical (FOAM) education resources to guide medical students in the development of key non-medical expert skills and competencies during their emergency medicine (EM) clerkship core rotation. In our endeavor to develop a novel online educational EM curriculum for medical students, a needs assessment is required to effectively address needs specifically focused on aptitudes that are deemed to be imperative by educators in the EM academia. Methods An online needs assessment survey was developed and shared with residents, staff, nurses, and program/clerkship directors of Canadian emergency medicine programs by email correspondence and embedding the form on CanadiEM.org. The survey consisted of twelve proposed topics for a potential EM curriculum, which were graded on a five-point Likert scale. Free-typed responses for additional topics were also solicited from participants. Results Over the course of four weeks, 84 participants responded to the survey. Participants outside of North American were excluded (n=10). Most participants were North American staff physicians (n=52), which included residency program directors (n=10) and clerkship directors (n=6), followed by residents (n=14), and nurses (n=8). All 12 topics proposed by the authors were considered important for inclusion in an EM curriculum. Nine additional topics were identified from typed free-text responses. Top ranking topics included: how to present a case to an EM staff or resident, how to chart patient encounters, and how to effectively communicate with nurses and other healthcare professionals. Conclusions This online needs assessment analysis revealed a total of 21 topics that were deemed to be relevant to the development of an online curriculum to foster the development of core competencies of medical students during their EM core rotation.