Table 2

Characteristics of participating residents

Control (n = 10)

Intervention (n = 13)


Average age (years)

28.8

29.5


Gender:


Male

5 (50%)

6 (46%)

Female

5 (50%)

7 (54%)


Previous degrees:


Bachelor of Science

10

12

Bachelor of Education

0

1

Master's degree

1 *

2 *


Level of training:


2nd-year residents

5 (50%)

9 (69%)

3rd-year residents

5 (50%)

4 (31%)


Prior clinical rotations in endocrinology


0 months

6 (60%)

9 (69%)

1 months

4 (40%)

3 (23%)

2 months or more

0 (0%)

1 (8%)


Career goal


General internal medicine

1 (10%)

1 (8%)

Endocrinology

0 (0%)

0 (0%)

Other medical subspecialty

7 (70%)

8 (62%)

Undecided

2 (20%)

4 (30%)


Opinions regarding need for emphasis on continuity of care in residency:


More emphasis required

7 (70%)

7 (54%)

No change required

3 (30%)

6 (46%)

Less emphasis required

0 (0%)

0 (0%)


Self-reported use of internet


Full knowledge of internet use

10 (100%)

13 (100%)

Daily use of internet

10 (100%)

13 (100%)


Median estimates of the number of patients seen during the endocrine rotation:


Type 2 diabetes

> 10

> 10

Type 1 diabetes

5–10

5–10

Hyperthyroidism

5–10

3–5

Thyroid nodules and/or goiter

5–10

3–5

Hyperlipidemia

5–10

5–10

Hyperprolactinemia

1–2

1–2

Polycystic ovarian syndrome

1–2

1–2

Adrenal insufficiency

1–2

1–2

Pituitary disorders

1–2

1–2

Hyperparathyroidism

0

0

Osteoporosis

0

1–2


* Some participants had more than one degree at the time of the study

Wong and Lochnan BMC Medical Education 2009 9:8   doi:10.1186/1472-6920-9-8

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