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Acad Emerg Med. 2002 Feb;9(2):169-71.

Observation medicine in emergency medicine residency programs.

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  • 1Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Department of Emergency Medicine, Ohio State University, 44195, USA. maces@ccf.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate observation unit (OU) prevalence, emergency medicine (EM) resident exposure in observation medicine (OM), EM faculty/residency director (RD) OM training, and RD attitudes toward OM.

METHODS:

Information was obtained from residency programs by telephone during a four-month period.

RESULTS:

Survey respondents indicated that 36.1% have OUs and 44.9% plan to have an OU. Observation medicine resources include textbooks 32.0%, articles 45.9%, lectures 36.9%, fellowships 2.5%, and research 26.2%. Observation medicine patient care occurs: 1) during residency: 25.4% of RDs, 11.3% of entire faculty; 2) as an attending: 45.1% of RDs.

CONCLUSIONS:

Nearly two-thirds of EM programs have or are planning an OU. Resources are lagging behind. This survey describes current OM education strategies to teach OM.

PMID:
11825845
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