Observation medicine in emergency medicine residency programs

Acad Emerg Med. 2002 Feb;9(2):169-71. doi: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2002.tb00236.x.


Objective: To evaluate observation unit (OU) prevalence, emergency medicine (EM) resident exposure in observation medicine (OM), EM faculty/residency director (RD) OM training, and RD attitudes toward OM.

Methods: Information was obtained from residency programs by telephone during a four-month period.

Results: Survey respondents indicated that 36.1% have OUs and 44.9% plan to have an OU. Observation medicine resources include textbooks 32.0%, articles 45.9%, lectures 36.9%, fellowships 2.5%, and research 26.2%. Observation medicine patient care occurs: 1) during residency: 25.4% of RDs, 11.3% of entire faculty; 2) as an attending: 45.1% of RDs.

Conclusions: Nearly two-thirds of EM programs have or are planning an OU. Resources are lagging behind. This survey describes current OM education strategies to teach OM.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Medical, Graduate / methods*
  • Emergency Medicine / education*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Observation
  • Surveys and Questionnaires