Residency

Large hospitalist programs may hurt resident learning

Residency Program Insider, December 15, 2009

Want to receive articles like this one in your inbox? Subscribe to Residency Program Insider!

Expanding hospitalist services and fewer resident work hours can limit resident learning, according to a study, “Medical Student Patient Experiences Before and After Duty Hour Regulation and Hospitalist Support,” published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine in December.

Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine studied the number of resident-patient encounters after the academic medical center implemented the work hour changes and increased hospitalist services. The number of patients that a student directly cared for dropped by nearly half, from 21 to 12 patients.

“With institutional and residency changes, junior medicine clerkship students had fewer opportunities for direct care of patients and encountered a different mix of patient diagnoses,” states the study. “Increasingly during their junior medicine clerkship, students may not have exposure to basic medical conditions, which may affect their ability to care for future patients.”

This news brief is courtesy of HCPro Inc.'s Hospitalist Department. For more information for hospitalists, please visit the Hospitalist Leadership blog.



Want to receive articles like this one in your inbox? Subscribe to Residency Program Insider!

Most Popular