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Am J Surg. 2009 Feb;197(2):252-7. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2008.01.025. Epub 2008 Aug 22.

Spaced education improves the feedback that surgical residents give to medical students: a randomized trial.

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Department of Surgery, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Surgery residents teach medical students; feedback is one critical teaching skill. We investigated whether feedback given by surgery residents to students could be improved through an online spaced education program.

METHODS:

Surgery residents were randomized to receive either a weekly spaced education e-mail during a 9-month period containing teaching bullets on how to provide effective feedback, or no intervention. Medical students rated the frequency and quality of feedback they received from the residents.

RESULTS:

Students reported 45% (67 of 149) of the spaced education residents gave frequent feedback, compared with 31% (55 of 175) of control residents (relative risk [RR], 1.43; P = .016). Students reported resident feedback was "helpful in their learning" in 92% (132 of 143) of their evaluations of spaced education residents, compared with 82% (132 of 161) of their evaluations of control residents (RR, 1.13; P = .01).

CONCLUSIONS:

Educational programs using feedback bullets e-mailed weekly can significantly improve the frequency and quality of feedback that surgical residents provide medical students.

PMID:
18722585
DOI:
10.1016/j.amjsurg.2008.01.025
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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