Chief Resident Immersion Training Program (CRIT)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received funding from The Hearst Foundation for a 24-month (2013-2015) grant to implement the Geriatrics Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT) in the Care of Older Adults program.   The CRIT program is designed to improve Chief residents’ teaching and leadership skills as well as understanding of the care for older adults.  Co-principal Investigators are Dr. Debra Bynum, Internal Medicine Residency Program Director, and Dr. Kevin Biese, Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director.  Dr. Isao Iwata and Dr. Ellen Roberts are co-investigators.  At present, there are 16 programs who have committed to send one rising chief resident to the conference. 

The focuses of the program are:

  • Incorporating geriatrics principles into Chief resident clinical, teaching, and administrative roles.
  • Developing Chief residents teaching and leadership skills with a focus on the care of complex older patients.
  • Enhancing leadership and teaching skills that are necessary for a successful year in the Chief resident role.
  • Fostering collegiality within specialties and interdisciplinary teams, and enhancing Chief residents’ ability to collaborate with other disciplines in the management of complex older patients.
  • Developing an achievable action project focused on a geriatrics care issue that the Chief resident will carry out during his/her Chief residency year.

The first CRIT retreat was held May 2-4, 2014 at the Marriott Hotel, Carolina Beach, NC.   Seventeen chief residents from 13 specialties, four residency program directors, and six geriatric faculty attended the retreat. 

The next CRIT retreat is scheduled for May 1-3, 2015 at Carolina Beach, NC.

For more information contact Carol Julian, Coordinator, Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT) in the Care of Older Adults at  .