Satisfaction Academy: A Novel Residency Curriculum to Improve the Patient Experience in the Emergency Department

MedEdPORTAL. 2018 Aug 15:14:10737. doi: 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10737.


Introduction: Patient satisfaction is a key indicator of health care value and an increasingly important metric used to assess emergency physician performance and often reimbursement. To our knowledge, there is no standardized curriculum within emergency medicine (EM) residency programs that focuses on the patient experience in EM.

Methods: Our novel resident curriculum is an organized approach to enhancing patient-centered care by optimizing the patient experience. It spans the academic year, with key topics organized into a quarterly time line. Topics include physician courtesy and respect, pain management, discussion of diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, timely communication, and delivery of quality care. Each quarter has three components: introduction/didactics, an interactive workshop, and stories and reflection. The instructional methods used include didactic lectures, role-playing, and group reflection and storytelling.

Results: Of 44 participants, 54.5% completed a preintervention survey, and 45.5% completed a postintervention survey. The surveys consisted of 5-point Likert scales measuring degree of agreement with statements that reflected desired behaviors and/or attitudes. On the postintervention survey, participants gave scores indicating general agreement with desired behaviors including sitting at the bedside, acknowledging all persons in the room, and giving an anticipated disposition, as well as with feeling more knowledgeable about patient satisfaction.

Discussion: Our Satisfaction Academy has filled a significant gap related to enhancing the patient experience. This curriculum is generalizable to other EM residency programs, and the interactive peer-to-peer format is both engaging and customizable.

Keywords: Best Practices; Conference Curriculum; Patient Experience; Patient Satisfaction; Quality of Care.

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum / trends
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / methods
  • Emergency Medicine / education*
  • Emergency Medicine / methods
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / organization & administration
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / standards
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / methods*
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Patient-Centered Care / methods
  • Patient-Centered Care / standards
  • Quality of Health Care / standards
  • Surveys and Questionnaires