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Medical students don't significantly slow emergency department care

Residency Program Insider, December 18, 2015

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Despite concerns that the presence of medical students would slow the pace of care in medical departments, a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that the average length of stay was less than five minutes longer.

Researchers analyzed data from 1.3 million emergency department visits to three urban academic hospitals from 2000 to 2014. They found that the average stay lasted 264.7 minutes but were 4.6 minutes longer when medical students were involved in assessing the patients.

Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association



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