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Sbloom (Sbloom)
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Post Number: 60
Registered: 07-2005
Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 03:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Can anyone clarify if weeks on Night Float count toward the required fundamental clinical skills weeks for the Transitional Year?
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Craigsr (Craigsr)
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Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 03:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think Night Float can definitely qualify as fundamental clinical skills but one of the challenges is whether the Night Float is at least 4 weeks in duration because the TY Program Requirements state "Residents should have rotations offering fundamental clinical skills that are at least four continuous weeks in duration to ensure reasonable continuity of education and patient care". I am not sure how the TYRC will interpret night float rotations that are less than 4 consecutive weeks in length in regards to counting these towards the fundamental clinical skills requirement (i.e. if the night float experience totals 4 weeks but are split up into two differenct 2-week blocks).
Steve Craig, Iowa Methodist Medical Center TY Residency Director
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Keithfincher (Keithfincher)
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Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 04:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We have our TY's doing 4-5 nights during the rotation they are on (Medicine, Surgery, ICU) which is what the categoricals do here. Working on some type of educational structure too. If it works for the categorical program you're on, how can it not apply to TY's-- if we want them to get an equal and comparable education.
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Craigsr (Craigsr)
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Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 04:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I agree with Keith that there will not be an issue when it comes to counting night float that is incorporated into a minimum 4-week block of time in medicine, surgery, ICU, etc. towards fundamental clinical skills. I do think that separate Night Float blocks will be more problematic to count as fundamental clinical skills if they are less than 4-weeks in duration.
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Sbloom (Sbloom)
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Post Number: 61
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Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 04:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Our night float assignments are 2 week long blocks, though during the year they will do more than 4 weeks total. I hope the TYRC will see the fundamental clinical skills value in this, as well as the need to break up night float so it's not too exhausting.

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