Effects of varying inpatient attending physician rotation length on medical students' and attending physicians' perceptions of teaching quality.
Teach Learn Med. 2011 Jan;23(1):37-41
Authors: Elnicki DM, Cooper A
Background: Patient care needs and work hour restrictions have altered inpatient internal medicine educational experiences. Purpose: The goal is to compare different attending physician rotation lengths on medical students' and attending physicians' experiences. Methods: We studied clerkship students' evaluations (N= 86) and internal medicine attending surveys (N= 21). We divided attending experiences into 2-week and 4-week rotations. We assessed exam scores and evaluations with 5-point Likert questions (5 = strongly agree). Means were compared with t tests, Wilcoxon Ranked Sums, and logistic regression. Results: More than 90% of students and attending physicians responded. Students and attending physicians generally evaluated their 2- and 4-week experiences similarly. Attending physicians favored 4 weeks for evaluating students' performance (3.30 vs. 4.36, p< .01). Exam scores were similar in the 2- and 4-week student groups (M = 78.2, SD = 5.0 vs. 76.5, SD = 8.5, p= .43). Conclusions: Shorter rotations do not negatively impact students' experiences. Obtaining quality evaluations may be difficult for shorter rotations.
PMID: 21240781 [PubMed - in process]