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Fam Med. 2003 Jun;35(6):418-22.

Resident acquisition of knowledge during a noontime conference series.

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JFK Family Practice Residency Program, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Edison, NJ 08818, USA. apicciano@solarishs.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:

Noontime conferences are widely used in family practice residencies. This study determined the effectiveness of noontime conferences for increasing residents' knowledge.

METHODS:

Twenty residents were tested monthly over 6 months and then cumulatively on the content of noontime conferences.

RESULTS:

Monthly test scores of attendees versus nonattendees were compared using a two-sample, two-tail t test. Results revealed the mean score of attendees for short-term knowledge to be 12.1 points higher than nonattendees. There was no correlation, however, between conference attendance and long-term knowledge retention.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our findings indicate a lack of correlation between noontime conference attendance and long-term cumulative test scores. The results question the value of noontime conferences as a teaching method.

PMID:
12817869
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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