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Forum for Health Economics & Policy

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Predictors of Internal Medicine Resident Satisfaction with Teaching by Attendings

Cassandra M Guarino / Chung Pham / Elaine Quiter / Jose J Escarce
Published Online: 2010-06-24 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1558-9544.1183

This study identifies factors that predict internal medicine resident satisfaction with the quality of teaching by attendings. A key issue facing educators is whether high-quality instruction can be maintained in an environment in which attending physicians have many competing demands placed on their time. A national survey of clinical third-year internal medicine residents in 125 academically affiliated generally medical training programs was conducted. Univariate analyses describe the characteristics of the sample, and multivariate analyses evaluate the factors associated with resident satisfaction with teaching. The response rate was 64.1% (n=1354). Positive factors relating to satisfaction with teaching on inpatient ward rotations included: number of patients seen during rounds, attendings were fulltime, attending did clinical teaching during bedside work rounds, attending gave spontaneous and prepared presentations, and attendings were reached soon when needed. Negative factors included: number of residents in a ward team, number of patients admitted on overnight call, attendings seemed rushed and eager to finish rounds, and attendings were temporarily called away during rounds. Positive factors relating to satisfaction with teaching in continuity clinics included: residents being female and amount of time spent on talking to or examining patients. Negative factors included: amount of time spent on paperwork or routine work, attending changed resident’s decisions, attendings were difficult to reach, and attendings were temporarily called away during teaching. Different clinic settings also affected satisfaction. This study identifies several factors associated with internal medicine residents’ satisfaction with teaching and highlights mutable factors that faculty may consider changing to improve education and satisfaction.

Keywords: medical education; residency training; internal medicine

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Published Online: 2010-06-24

Citation Information: Forum for Health Economics & Policy, Volume 13, Issue 2, ISSN (Online) 1558-9544, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1558-9544.1183.

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