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P21 Using the Hospital Discharge Summary as an Assessment Tool for Acting Interns at Albany Medical College

Jennifer Lee, MD; Ann Rutter, MD, MS

02/2/18 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Austin Grand Ballroom J-K

Discharge summaries are a crucial communication tool between hospital and primary care providers. Despite multiple studies indicating the necessity of increased training, few residents or medical students receive training in this skill. More so, summarizing the hospital course provides an excellent opportunity for medical educators to assess a learner's understanding of key events in a patient's hospitalization. At Albany Medical Center, we have demonstrated that a brief training for first-year residents and a standardized template for discharge summaries helps to improve both comfort and competence in composition of hospital discharge summaries. We feel strongly that if we expect first-year residents to be skilled in this area, education surrounding this should begin prior to the start of residency. In order to accomplish this goal, we have adapted training materials to teach fourth-year medical students completing acting internships in family medicine, pediatrics, and internal medicine how to write a hospital discharge summary.

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Review the patient safety and medical student education literature surrounding the topic of hospital discharge summaries
  2. Present a novel curriculum to teach fourth year medical students how to write a hospital discharge summary
  3. Discuss how to use the hospital discharge summary as an assessment tool for fourth year medical students


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