Fellowship Directors (fellowship + director)

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Selected Abstracts

Mohs Micrographic Surgery: How ACMS Fellowship Directors Practice

BACKGROUND Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) is widely employed in the removal of skin cancer. As this technique becomes more widely employed, it is useful to establish the patterns of care provided by American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS),approved fellowship directors. OBJECTIVE To compile and analyze data collected annually by the ACMS to determine practice patterns and trends in MMS as performed by ACMS-approved fellowship directors. MATERIALS AND METHODS A retrospective study of case logs from 50 fellowship directors obtained from the ACMS detailing case volume, type of cancer treated, location, lesion size, wound size, number of stages, referral percentage, and type of repairs performed. RESULTS Annual case volume per surgeon has increased linearly. The incidence of squamous cell carcinoma treated using MMS is rising steadily. The size of lesions treated using MMS has decreased slightly over several decades, as has the number of stages of MMS taken per lesion. The majority of MMS performed by fellowship directors is for skin cancer on the face. Dermatologic surgeons perform most of their own reconstructions. Academic and private fellowship practice patterns are nearly identical. CONCLUSIONS ACMS-approved fellowship directors use MMS mainly for facial skin cancers, and they perform most of their own reconstructions. Practice patterns for most fellowship directors are similar. Private fellowships and academic fellowships are similar in scope and practice. [source]

Similar Deficiencies in Procedural Dermatology and Dermatopathology Fellow Evaluation despite Different Periods of ACGME Accreditation: Results of a National Survey

BACKGROUND Fellow evaluation is required by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Procedural dermatology fellowship accreditation by the ACGME began in 2003 while dermatopathology accreditation began in 1976. OBJECTIVE The objective was to compare fellow evaluation rigor between ACGME-accredited procedural dermatology and dermatopathology fellowships. METHODS Questionnaires were mailed to fellowship directors of the ACGME-accredited (2006,2007) procedural dermatology and dermatopathology fellowship programs. Information was collected regarding evaluation form development, delivery, and collection. RESULTS The response rates were 74% (25/34) and 53% (24/45) for procedural and dermatopathology fellowship programs, respectively. Sixteen percent (4/25) of procedural dermatology and 25% (6/24) of dermatopathology programs do not evaluate fellows. Fifty percent or less of program (4/8 procedural dermatology and 3/7 dermatopathology) evaluation forms address all six core competencies required by the ACGME. CONCLUSION Procedural fellowships are evaluating fellows as rigorously as the more established dermatopathology fellowships. Both show room for improvement because one in five programs reported not evaluating fellows and roughly half of the evaluation forms provided do not address the six ACGME core competencies. [source]

Core Curricular Elements for Fellowship Training in International Emergency Medicine

Jamil Bayram MD
ACADEMIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE 2010; 17:748,757 2010 by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Abstract Objectives:, The objective was to describe the common educational goals, curricular elements, and methods of evaluation used in international emergency medicine (IEM) fellowship training programs currently. IEM fellowship programs have been developed to provide formal training for emergency physicians (EPs) interested in pursuing careers in IEM. Those fellowships are variable in scope, objectives, and duration. Previously published articles have suggested a general curriculum structure for IEM fellowships. Methods:, A search of MEDLINE, EMBASE, and CINAHL databases from 1950 to June 2008 was performed, combining the terms international, emergency medicine, and fellowship. Online curricula and descriptive materials from IEM fellowships listed by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) were reviewed. Knowledge and skill areas common to multiple programs were organized in discrete categories. IEM fellowship directors were contacted for input and feedback. Results:, Eight articles on IEM fellowships were identified. Two articles described a general structure for fellowship curriculum. Sixteen of 20 IEM fellowship programs had descriptive materials posted online. These information sources, plus input from seven fellowship program directors, yielded the following seven discrete knowledge and skill areas: 1) emergency medicine systems development, 2) humanitarian relief, 3) disaster management, 4) public health, 5) travel and field medicine, 6) program administration, and 7) academic skills. Conclusions:, While IEM fellowships vary with regard to objectives and structure, this article presents an overview of the current focus of IEM fellowship training curricula that could serve as a resource for IEM curriculum development at individual institutions. [source]

Procedural Pain Management Patterns in Academic Pediatric Emergency Departments

Rishi Bhargava MD
ObjectivesTo describe the current state of the art for pain and sedation management for five common pediatric emergency department (ED) procedure scenarios. MethodsFellowship directors of U.S. EDs with a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship training program were surveyed by mail and asked to choose the one most commonly used pain or sedation management option for five clinical scenarios: facial laceration repair, cranial computed tomography in a toddler, closed fracture reduction, neonatal lumbar puncture, and intravenous catheter insertion. Results were analyzed by using descriptive statistics, and the differences between high and low volume departments were compared by using a chi-square test. ResultsThirty-eight of 51 fellowship programs responded (75%). The majority of respondents were fellowship directors (76%). Topical anesthetics were most commonly reported as used for a simple facial laceration (84%), whereas ketamine sedation was most popular for fracture reduction (86%). Pain management for the other scenarios was more variable. More than half of the respondents (53%) would not sedate at all for cranial computed tomography, and only 38% reported use of pharmacologic pain management for intravenous catheter insertion. The majority (74%) reported use of anesthetic (topical or injected local) for neonatal lumbar puncture. High volume departments were more likely to use pain management for intravenous catheter insertions. ConclusionsPain and sedation management methods for pediatric procedures continue to evolve. Despite gains, there is still room for improvement, particularly regarding intravenous catheter insertions. [source]