Objective: The Resident Prep Curriculum (RPC), published in 2014 and developed as a collaboration of the American College of Surgeons, Association of Program Directors in Surgery, and the Association for Surgical Education, was designed to improve the quality and consistency of medical student preparation for surgical residency. We aim to assess the feasibility of and resource usage for implementation of this curriculum at our institution. Design: Our institution expanded upon a pre-existing 2-week surgical preparatory course, adding modules designed to meet the goals and objectives of the RPC. We performed an evaluation of the resources required for these additions, namely time, logistics and incremental cost. Setting: The course took place at the Perelman School of Medicine, which is a large, academic medical center affiliated with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Results: Our course satisfied each of the six domains outlined in the RPC. In 2015, 22 students were enrolled in the course. It was run over a consecutive 4-week period in the spring of 2015, with 9 full and 9 half days. To meet the needs of the Curriculum, approximately 33 hours (38%) were spent in the classroom, 34 hours (39%) in a simulation center, and 20 hours (23%) in the anatomical laboratory. Seventy faculty-hours (from 5 disciplines) and 73 resident-hours (double-counting for cotaught modules) were required to support the course. Besides room availability, funding was required for certain aspects of the course such as cadavers, dedicated anatomy teaching, and the costs of supplies in the simulation center. There is also a cost associated with the use of the Penn Medicine Simulation Center. Taking these into account, the total cost of implementing the curriculum amounted to $30,627.10. Conclusion: The implementation of the RPC was feasible but relied heavily upon faculty/resident time. As a result of the success of this initiative, our medical school seeks to expand the idea across multiple specialties.
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