A multi-institutional survey of internal medicine residents' learning habits

Randall S. Edson, Thomas J. Beckman, Colin P. West, Paul B. Aronowitz, Robert G. Badgett, David A. Feldstein, Mark C. Henderson, Joseph C. Kolars, Furman S. McDonald

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Background: Resident physicians are expected to demonstrate medical knowledge. However, little is known about the residents' reading habits and learning preferences. Aim: To assess residents' reading habits and preferred educational resources. Methods: Residents at five internal medicine training programs were surveyed regarding their reading and learning habits and preferences. Results: The majority (77.7) of residents reported reading less than 7 h a week. Most residents (81.4) read in response to patient care encounters. The preferred educational format was electronic; 94.6 of residents cited UpToDate® as the most effective resource for knowledge acquisition, and 88.9 of residents reported that UpToDate® was their first choice for answering clinical questions. Conclusions: Residents spent little time reading and sought knowledge primarily from electronic resources. Most residents read in the context of patient care. Future research should focus on strategies for helping resident physicians learn in the electronic age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)773-775
Number of pages3
JournalMedical teacher
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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