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chronic wounds, curriculum, education, internal medicine, residency, workshop, wound care



  1. White-Chu, Elizabeth Foy MD, CWSP, AGSF
  2. Le, Tri MD
  3. Cordrey, Renee PhD(c), MSPT, MPH, PT, CWS


OBJECTIVE: To determine the feasibility of a piloted wound care curriculum within a busy internal medicine (IM) curriculum.


METHODS: This prospective pilot study was conducted with 89 IM residents at an academic teaching hospital. The residents were provided a 90-minute workshop in chronic wound care. They anonymously completed a clinical vignette to target practice behavior prior to the workshop. The workshop was mixture of didactic and hands-on practice of sharp debridement and wound dressing selection. Three months later, the residents completed the same clinical vignette along with questions on changes and barriers to change in their practice.


MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Change in behavior of chronic wound care management, measurements of barriers to change in participant continuity clinics.


MAIN RESULTS: Of the participants, 57 residents (64%) and 25 residents (28%) completed a pre- and postvignette, respectively. Ten (40%) of the postvignette respondents stated that they had made changes in their care. Barriers to change included having a supervising attending physician who is not comfortable with wound care, a lack of wound care resources available in clinic, and a lack of confidence even after the session.


CONCLUSIONS: It is feasible to insert a chronic wound care education into a busy IM curriculum. Future efforts will be aimed at assessing the wound care needs/resources of the IM outpatient clinics, addressing the comfort of the supervising attending physicians and residents with wound care, and focusing the curriculum on high-yield interventions.