Making It Fun and Successful: Strategies for Working With Learners in Academic Difficulty

By La Donna Porter, MD, and Margaret Stafford, MD.

Have you ever felt frustrated or daunted when trying to help a struggling learner? We, the co-chairs of the STFM Group on Learners in Academic Difficulty, have extensive experience in helping learners to develop and thrive.

We present key skills that will help you assess and assist your own learners: motivational interviewing, creating a differential diagnosis for the behaviors, and developing target behaviors and strategies. We also include cases, so read on to see how you can use these skills to work with:

  • A resident who refuses to admit a patient
  • An intern with disorganized presentations
  • A senior resident who struggles to lead the team

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Use PCMH Principles to Improve Vaccination Rates

 John Epling, MD, MSEd

John Epling, MD, MSEd

What does it mean to be a medical home? In these times of Accountable Care Organizations, patient-centered medical home (PCMH) certifications, and Medicaid Redesign projects it can be easy to lose sight of a meaningful way to measure our progress toward becoming a PCMH. Examining our practices’ ability to deliver vaccinations across the lifespan can help us understand where we fall along the medical home spectrum.

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Improving Immunization Rates Through Creation of a Practice Care Team and Vaccine Champion

Pamela Rockwell, MD

Pamela Rockwell, DO

This is part of a series by the STFM Group on Immunization Education for National Immunization Awareness Month.

The CDC estimates that vaccinations will prevent more than 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths among children born in the last 20 years. The Affordable Care Act requires health plans to cover Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) immunization recommendations made after September 2009 without cost-sharing to patients.

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