MedEdPORTAL. 2020 Aug 10;16:10944. doi: 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10944.
INTRODUCTION: Cross-cover, the process by which a nonprimary team physician cares for patients, usually during afternoons, evenings, and weekends, is common in academic medical centers. With the advent of residency duty-hour restrictions, cross-cover care has increased, making education in effective cross-coverage an urgent need.
METHODS: We implemented a cross-cover didactic activity composed of 18 interactive cases with 29 senior medical students enrolled in an internal medicine residency preparation course. The curriculum was facilitated by one faculty member and one senior medical resident and utilized think-pair-share learning techniques to discuss an approach to a range of common (both urgent and routine) cross-cover scenarios. We analyzed confidence and feelings of preparedness pre- and postintervention. We also examined differences in medical knowledge based on two multiple-choice written cross-cover cases that addressed both medical management and triage.
RESULTS: This curriculum significantly improved feelings of confidence (from 1.8 to 3.2, p < .0001), reduced anxiety (from 4.5 to 4.1, p < .03), and improved performance in clinical case scenarios (from 82% to 89%, p < .02).
DISCUSSION: This curriculum covered not only the important medical aspects of cross-cover care (e.g., diagnostics and management) but also equally important roles of cross-cover, such as how to effectively triage cross-cover scenarios. The curriculum was well received by students.