For the General Internist: A Summary of Key Innovations in Medical Education

Brita Roy, Shobhina G. Chheda, Carol Bates, Kathel Dunn, Reena Karani, Lisa L. Willett

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We conducted a review of published medical education articles to identify high-quality research and innovation relevant to educators in general medicine. Our review team consisted of six general internists with expertise in medical education and a professional medical librarian. We manually searched 15 journals in pairs (a total of 3062 citations) for original research articles in medical education published in 2014. Each pair of reviewers independently rated the relevance, importance, and generalizability of articles on medical education in their assigned journals using a 27-point scale (maximum of 9 points for each characteristic). From this list, each team member independently reviewed the 22 articles that received a score of 20 or higher from both initial reviewers, and for each selected article rated the quality and global relevance for the generalist educator. We included the seven top-rated articles for presentation in this review, and categorized the studies into four general themes: continuity clinic scheduling, remediation, interprofessional education, and quality improvement and patient safety. We summarized key findings and identified significant limitations of each study. Further studies assessing patient outcomes are needed to strengthen the literature in medical education. This summary of relevant medical education articles can inform future research, teaching, and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)941-946
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of General Internal Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2016


  • medical education
  • medical education—graduate
  • medical education—undergraduate
  • review


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