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The transition from undergraduate medical education to graduate medical education is one that new interns are often underprepared for. Simulation scenarios offer a novel tool to develop and assess core critical skill areas that are imperative towards maximizing patient safety and patient care. This study evaluates an intern conference to develop and assess teamwork, consultation, escalation, informed consent, and handoffs using simulation. The “Walk the Walk” intern conference was held to establish a common culture of patient safety by training and evaluating intern skills in core critical skill areas. Interns were assessed on their performance in the aforementioned critical areas, and then provided with individualized feedback. In addition, pre-conference and post-conference self-efficacy in the areas of interest was recorded. Interns returned six months later, and were evaluated on the same fundamental competencies during a simulation performance. Results suggest that interns have considerable experience working in teams, but not as much experience with formal education to guide them on how to best work as a team. Self-reported ability in 4 out of the 5 core skill areas support the conference training was effective. Although there was no significant improvement in teamwork, interns reported feeling very confident in teamwork skills on average.

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Current Academic Year


Faculty Advisor/Mentor

Moshe Feldman


Virginia Commonwealth University. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

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VCU Undergraduate Research Posters


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Simulation as an Assessment of Core Critical Skills for First Year Medical Interns