Higher stakes now exist for SP programs to deliver student performance success in light of the required USMLE Step 2 CS exam. Identifying and increasing the educational return on the financial investment for these programs is critical as programs are challended to demonstrate their value to the organization. Rising expectations and finite budgets create an impetus to provide quality outcomes in the most efficient way. Implementing the instructional design process creates systematic training through a scientific approach to training and evaluation. A structured training methodology provides an effective means to interpret the outcomes of a training cycle. This method permits the trainer to identify and adjust for the multitude of variables influencing a SPs performances within a typical training cycle. After conducting an analysis of training materials, it was apparent that there are no documented benchmarks for training standards or evaluation of various training practices. An instructional design approach was selected to standardize the trainign process and allow for continued evaluation and improvement. This structured training process is in development and soon will be implemented as a pilot study.
University of New Mexico School of Medicine Albuquerque, NM
SP program costs, Training costs and return on investment
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