July 21, 2020, 03:47 pm News Staff – For the first time, the AAFP is offering more than 20 On Demand workshop sessions from the PDW (Program Directors Workshop) and RPS (Residency Program Solutions) Residency Education Symposium. The recordings, originally planned to supplement the live event, were completed by more than 40 residency team faculty and staff from across the nation.
Although the live event that had been scheduled for April was canceled due to the pandemic, this new On Demand product offers program directors, assistant program directors, faculty, coordinators and others a convenient way to gain practical advice and inspiration that typically comes from the conference experience.
"The PDW RPS On Demand product includes about one-third of the workshops planned for the 2020 live event, and it captures the breadth and depth of topics that we deliver to more than 1,000 conference attendees annually," said PDW and RPS manager Katy Jaksa. "We are so appreciative of the family medicine residency leaders, faculty and staff who made time to participate in a new way. Many were facing a wide variety of challenges as the pandemic was escalating."
The PDW RPS On Demand package includes roughly 18 hours of recorded content covering 22 topics in the areas of professional development, program administration, recruitment, residency curriculum, resident assessment and more. This self-paced learning option includes recorded presentations, slide PDFs and handouts.
Individual access is $125; an upgrade option adds a flash drive for $75 so individuals can share content easily with members of their residency program teams.
Looking ahead to the 2021 PDW and RPS Residency Education Symposium, a July 31 deadline is approaching for workshop, poster and innovation showcase proposals. Note that next year's event -- March 5-9, 2021 -- is a month earlier than usual.
Right now, the AAFP is moving ahead with the 2021 PDW and RPS Symposium in Kansas City as planned. Recognizing that the pandemic may continue to impact in-person events, the AAFP will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. Updated information, including any changes to format or timing, will be posted to the event webpage.