Exploring Faculty Perceptions of Competency-Based Medical Education and Assessing Needs for Implementation in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Residency
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OBJECTIVE: The shift to competency-based medical education (CBME) is associated with changes in the way residents are taught and assessed. Although there are many purported benefits of CBME, an understanding of the preparedness of faculty to meet the needs of this new paradigm is lacking. The aim of this study was to characterize faculty needs to support the transition to CBME. METHODS: An online survey was designed with the aim of characterizing faculty understanding of the principles of CBME and common trainee assessment methods, as well as exploring barriers to the implementation of CBME in obstetrics and gynaecology residency programs across Canada. The survey was sent to faculty across Canada in English and French. RESULTS: A total of 284 responses were collected between September 2015 and December 2016. Although most faculty viewed CBME as a positive change, there were gaps in their knowledge about CBME and workplace-based assessment methods. Barriers to the implementation of CBME included lack of training in assessment of residents and feedback, financial implications, and time constraints. CONCLUSION: To facilitate the transition to CBME, institutions may need to consider establishing faculty training programs and implementing systemic change aimed at addressing faculty needs and barriers during this fundamental shift in the structure of residency training.
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