Brief report: Multiprogram evaluation of reading habits of primary care internal medicine residents on ambulatory rotations

Cindy J. Lai, Eva Aagaard, Suzanne Brandenburg, Mohan Nadkarni, Henry G. Wei, Robert Baron

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To assess the reading habits and educational resources of primary care internal medicine residents for their ambulatory medicine education. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, multiprogram survey of primary care internal medicine residents. PARTICIPANTS/SETTING: Second- and third-year residents on ambulatory care rotations at 9 primary care medicine programs (124 eligible residents; 71% response rate). MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Participants were asked open-ended and 5-point Likert-scaled questions about reading habits: time spent reading, preferred resources, and motivating and inhibiting factors. Participants reported reading medical topics for a mean of 4.3 ± 3.0 SD hours weekly. Online-only sources were the most frequently utilized medical resource (mean Likert response 4.16 ± 0.87). Respondents most commonly cited specific patients' cases (4.38 ± 0.65) and preparation for talks (4.08 ± 0.89) as motivating factors, and family responsibilities (3.99 ± 0.65) and lack of motivation (3.93 ± 0.81) as inhibiting factors. CONCLUSIONS: To stimulate residents' reading, residency programs should encourage patient- and case-based learning; require teaching assignments; and provide easy access to online curricula.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-489
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of general internal medicine
Volume21
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ambulatory medicine
  • Graduate medical education
  • Internal medicine residency
  • Reading habits

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