Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 21, Issue 5, pp 486–489 | Cite as

Brief report: Multiprogram evaluation of reading habits of primary care internal medicine residents on ambulatory rotations

  • Cindy J. Lai
  • Eva Aagaard
  • Suzanne Brandenburg
  • Mohan Nadkarni
  • Henry G. Wei
  • Robert Baron
Original Articles


OBJECTIVE: To assess the reading habits and educational resources of primary care internal medicine residents for their ambulatory medicine education.

DESIGN: Cross-sectional, multiprogram survey of primary care internal medicine residents.

PARTICIPANTS/SETTING: Second- and third-year residents on ambulatory care rotations at 9 primary care medicine programs (124 eligible residents; 71% response rate).

MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Participants were asked open-ended and 5-point Likert-scaled questions about reading habits: time spent reading, preferred resources, and motivating and inhibiting factors. Participants reported reading medical topics for a mean of 4.3±3.0 SD hours weekly. Online-only sources were the most frequently utilized medical resource (mean Likert response 4.16±0.87). Respondents most commonly cited specific patients’ cases (4.38±0.65) and preparation for talks (4.08±0.89) as motivating factors, and family responsibilities (3.99±0.65) and lack of motivation (3.93±0.81) as inhibiting factors.

CONCLUSIONS: To stimulate residents’ reading, residency programs should encourage patient- and case-based learning; require teaching assignments; and provide easy access to online curricula.

Key words

reading habits ambulatory medicine graduate medical education internal medicine residency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cindy J. Lai
    • 4
  • Eva Aagaard
    • 4
  • Suzanne Brandenburg
    • 1
  • Mohan Nadkarni
    • 2
  • Henry G. Wei
    • 3
  • Robert Baron
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Colorado Health Sciences CenterDenverUSA
  2. 2.University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA
  3. 3.Cornell University Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Division of General Internal MedicineUniversity of California at San FranciscoSan Francisco

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