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J Gen Intern Med. 2006 May;21(5):486-9.

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

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University of California, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA. clai@medicine.ucsf.edu

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.

PMID:
16704393
PMCID:
PMC1484781
DOI:
10.1111/j.1525-1497.2006.00432.x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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