Evaluation of the educational utility of patient follow-up

Annie T. Sadosty, Latha G. Stead, Eric T. Boie, Deepi G. Goyal, Amy L. Weaver, Wyatt W. Decker

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Objectives: To date, no studies in emergency medicine (EM) have addressed the educational value of the Residency Review Committee for Emergency Medicine's (RRC-EM) requirement for patient follow-up (FU). The authors examined whether performance of patient FU improved EM resident education. Methods: All EM resident FU encounters from September 25, 2001, through September 24, 2002, were documented and analyzed. All EM residents at a regional tertiary referral emergency department (ED) initiated patient FU encounters by entering information regarding patients' initial ED presentations into a Web-based follow-up system (WBFUS), subsequently entered FU information, and indicated whether they thought that the specific FU encounters improved their education (yes/no). Supervising faculty members then reviewed the residents' completed FU entries. Blinded to residents' responses regarding educational utility, faculty members evaluated whether they thought the specific FU encounters were educational for the residents (yes/no). Data entered into the WBFUS were then summarized as percentages. Results: Eight hundred forty-seven FU encounters were completed by 18 EM residents and 29 EM faculty. Ninety-three percent of the FU entries were deemed by at least one evaluator (resident or faculty) to have educational value. Residents found the act of performing FU educational in 81.3% of cases, whereas faculty thought 80.4% were educational for the resident. Although the residents and faculty agreed on the educational value in 75.4% of cases, the overall strength of the agreement was slight to fair (kappa statistic = 0.21). Conclusions: This study indicates that EM residents and faculty believe that the act of performing patient FU has educational value for EM residents; however, the interobserver agreement between residents and faculty was low.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)715-719
Number of pages5
JournalAcademic Emergency Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2004


  • ACGME general competencies
  • Emergency medicine
  • Graduate medical education
  • Patient follow-up
  • Residency Review Committee for Emergency Medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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