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Shared Decision-Making Challenge

The CardioSmart Challenge for FITs

Use an existing CardioSmart tool with 3-5 patients and submit an essay about your experience to the CardioSmart team. If your narrative effectively shows Shared Decision-Making in action, you could be 1 of 3 winners.

The Reward

CardioSmart/Patient Voice Team will select the Top 3 essays as winners.
These fellows will:

  • Be featured in Cardiology magazine
  • Receive free registration at ACC.24 annual meeting in Atlanta being held April 6-8
  • Present your narrative at the Program Directors and Graduate Medical Educators Symposium and the Health Equity Hub at ACC.24 

The Timeline

  • Nov. 15: Challenge launches
  • Jan. 15: Deadline for fellows to submit write-ups to CardioSmart team
  • Jan. 16-Feb. 25: CardioSmart team reviews all submissions
  • Feb. 26: Winners announced

Detailed Instructions

1. Fellows choose from three CardioSmart tools to use with 3-5 patients:

Challenge Tools

2. Fellows submit a narrative in MS Word (750 words or less) to the CardioSmart Team (astephen@acc.org) demonstrating that they engaged in a shared decision-making conversation using the tool with their patients. Narratives should include the following:

  • Basic information including:
    • Gender/age/ethnicity/condition of patients
    • Geographic area of clinician and patient
    • Decision aid or infographic used with patient
    • Setting (virtual vs. in-office)
  • Did this tool help to facilitate your decision-making conversation with your patients?
  • How long did this process take/how long did you spend with each patient?
  • What went well during this process?
  • What challenges did you face?
  • What would you improve/what would make this process easier (for clinician and patient)?
  • What decision was made? If not, why not?

3. The CardioSmart Team will use a four-part grading rubric (see below) to select the winners:

  1. Demonstrates an understanding of the 5 steps of shared decision-making
  2. Explains how shared decision-making enriched the clinician-patient relationship
  3. Addresses social determinants of health and their impact on patient decision making
  4. Expresses how the challenge intersects with at least one of the ACGME Competencies:
  • Patient care and procedural skills
  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-based practice

4. CardioSmart/Patient Voice Team and Dr. Megan Coylewright – the CardioSmart Editor – will review all submissions and select the top three winners. 

Let us know you’re participating by using #CardioSmart, #SharedDecisionMaking, or #CardioSmartChallenge on X. 

  • Last Edited 11/01/2023

Past Winners' Narratives

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