Welcome to our 2013/2014 Season
The Robert Wood Johnson Fantasy Football League started in 2006 as a Novel Project in Student Education (NPSE) in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The NPSE was built on the ACGME Core Competencies including practice-based learning and improvement: facilitation of medical student learning and education.
In 2008, NPSE was renamed "THESEUS" Teaching House Staff to Enhance Student Education with the Use of Fantasy Sports with the continued mission to enhance residents’ teaching efforts by using a contingency of rewards. Each psychiatry clerkship is set up as a fantasy football game in which teams of residents compete head-to-head to accumulate the most points over the 6-week rotation. Clerkship goals and objectives have an attached point total that is awarded to a team when a particular objective is taught by a resident. The scoring system includes awards of 2-, 3-, or 7-points, depending on the level of time commitment. Teams are “owned” by departmental faculty who are recognized as role models for teaching.
The teaching model has gained wide-spread approval from residents and medical students. As a Best Practice in Medical Student Education at RWJMS, it is being shared with other residency programs via the RWJMS Educational Speakers Bureau and recently has evolved into a multi-disciplinary teaching project. In 2009, residency programs that have picked up the project include the Department of Internal Medicine (RWJMS), Department of Family Medicine (RWJMS), and the Department of Pediatrics (Jersey Shore University Medical Center). Results from the NPSE have been widely disseminated at various Grand Rounds, plenary sessions and poster presentations at AADPRT and ADMSEP annual conferences, and academic journals - click here to view the manuscript published in Academic Psychiatry.