Joseph Joubertonce said, "To teach is to learn twice over."
What he knew 200 years ago has been shown to be true in research on adult learning. Often the most effective way to really learn something is to be in a position to teach it.
Our Senior Prep embodies this principle.
A week before the interns and students have their Academic Half Day, the senior residents have Senior Prep on the topic led by a chief resident or faculty.
Senior Prep involves brief didactic presentations of high yield information related to the topic as well as Board-style questions and reviews of landmark studies that have impacted standard of care and practice patterns.
This is a time for senior residents to ask "why?" and test for conceptual understanding. By the end of the session, the goal is to equip the senior residents with knowledge of the material so that they are able to spend the next week teaching their teams in preparation for Academic Half Day.
On Fridays, seniors and interns are separated for dedicated noon reports. Senior noon reports are still case-based; however, the pace is calibrated to residents at a higher level of training in an effort to flesh out the nuance of advanced clinical decision making.
Additional senior education happens during second and third year in our Board Review Course that includes testing and review of a different topic monthly with a faculty expert.