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J Hosp Med. 2007 Jan;2(1):17-22.

Third-year medical students' evaluation of hospitalist and nonhospitalist faculty during the inpatient portion of their pediatrics clerkships.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics, Penn State Children's Hospital, Penn State University College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033-0850, USA.



Although the data on the impact of hospitalist programs on the inpatient education of medical students during their internal medicine clerkships are favorable, the data is limited on the inpatient educational experience of medical students during their pediatric clerkships. The purpose of this study was to compare the evaluations of hospitalist and nonhospitalist faculty of third-year medical students during their inpatient pediatrics rotations.


We performed a retrospective study of the evaluations of third-year medical student of hospitalist and nonhospitalist faculty during their inpatient pediatrics rotations at Penn State Children's Hospital from July 1999 through September 2000. Using a 4-point scale, students gave an overall evaluation and also rated the hospitalist and nonhospitalist faculty on effectiveness as teachers, effectiveness as pediatricians, and effectiveness as student advocates. Using the same 4-point scale, students rated the following aspects of the rotation: ward rounds, sick newborn care, well newborn care, outpatient clinics, private physician's office, noon conferences, and morning report.


A total of 67 students rotated on the pediatric inpatient service during the study period; 35 students rotated with 2 hospitalists, and 32 students rotated with 8 nonhospitalists. All 67 students (100%) submitted an evaluation. The hospitalists received higher scores than nonhospitalists on effectiveness as teachers (3.87 vs. 2.91; P < 0.001), effectiveness as pediatricians (3.94 vs. 3.25; P < .001), effectiveness as student advocates (3.76 vs. 2.97; P < .001), and in the overall evaluation (3.93 vs. 3.06; P < .001). Ward rounds were rated as more beneficial when conducted by hospitalists then when conducted by nonhospitalists (3.15 vs. 2.58; P < .006).


Hospitalists were perceived by third-year medical students as providing more effective teaching and more satisfying overall rotations than were nonhospitalists during the inpatient portion of the students' pediatric clerkships. Further studies that examine inpatient systems, particularly as they relate to the acquisition of knowledge and the development of effective communication skills in medical learners, are needed.

(c) 2007 Society of Hospital Medicine.

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