The objectives of the project were to determine whether a book/movie club will improve communication skills and cultural sensitivity among physician learners.
This project allowed for development of a new unique method to teach physician learners about professionalism. It fostered comradery among the participants that did not previously exist. The "club" allowed the physician learners to see each other as people rather then "fellows" or "faculty". Our fellowship program has embraced the "clubs" and is planning on continuing them as a formal part of the professionalism curriculum.
This project is continuing beyond the grant period. I successfully implemented six book and movie clubs over the past year. Data from all pre/post questionnaires and reflective writings for each club have been collected. I am analyzing the collected qualitative and quantitative data this fall. The rest of the grant funding will be used to support data analysis, provide electronic storage for the books/movies for future use and travel support for dissemination of results.
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Factors that facilitated the success of this project included supportive leaders within my Division who were willing to try something new. The funding provided by the grant allowed me to purchase the necessary items for the project that our program would otherwise have not been able to support.