Expectations for Medical Student Work Hours in Inpatient Clinical Clerkships

Rebecca Mazurkiewicz, Erica Friedman, Reena Karani, Jenny J. Lin

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Background: No standards regarding what should be learned during medical school exist. Purpose: We investigated what medical students and clerkship directors (CDs) believe students are, and should be, doing during clerkships. Methods: From January to June 2011, Mount Sinai School of Medicine CDs (n = 4) and 3rd-year students (n = 132) estimated how students spend time and should spend time during clerkships. Mann-Whitney U-tests compared students' and CDs' replies. Results: All CDs and 105 of 132 students (79.5%) participated. Medicine CDs believed that students did more rounding and studying, and surgery CDs perceived that students did more note writing and studying and less waiting than students reported. Medicine CDs felt students should round more, whereas surgery CDs felt students should spend more total time in the hospital as well as in educational activities and studying than students did (p <.05). Conclusions: Students and CDs disagree about how students allocate (and should allocate) time during clerkships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-140
Number of pages7
JournalTeaching and Learning in Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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