A Novel Intimate Partner Violence Curriculum for Internal Medicine Residents: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation

Emily Insetta, Colleen Christmas

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Introduction: Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a prevalent problem with profound health consequences. Research suggests that internal medicine (IM) residents are unprepared to screen for and address IPV. We designed a curriculum to improve IM residents' knowledge, attitudes, and practices in caring for IPV survivors. Methods: The curriculum was delivered to first-year IM residents from 2016 to 2017 at Johns Hopkins Bayview. Part 1 was 60 minutes long, with a video, evidence-based didactic teaching, and case-based discussion. Part 2 was 90 minutes long, with evidence-based didactic teaching, role-play of patient-provider conversations about IPV, and debriefing about strategies for discussing IPV. We evaluated knowledge, confidence, and self-reported behaviors pre- and postintervention using two-tailed paired t tests. Results: Thirty-two residents received IPV training. In comparing precurriculum (n = 29, 91% of total participants) and postcurriculum (n = 28, 88% of total participants) surveys, there was significant improvement in knowledge about IPV (p < .001). Postcurriculum, learners reported greater confidence in detecting IPV (p < .001), documenting IPV (p < .001), and referring to resources (p < .001). Participants reported increased comfort with managing difficult emotions about IPV in patients (p < .01) and themselves (p < .001) and increased comfort in discussing IPV with female (p < .001) and male (p < .001) patients. Postcurriculum, all respondents felt they were more skillful in discussing IPV and would be more likely to screen for IPV. Discussion: Our curriculum improved residents' knowledge, confidence, comfort, and preparedness in screening for and discussing IPV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10905
Number of pages1
JournalMedEdPORTAL : the journal of teaching and learning resources
StatePublished - May 27 2020


  • Clinical/Procedural Skills Training
  • Curriculum Development
  • IPV
  • Internal Medicine
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Test Design/Psychometrics
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Women's Health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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