Resident acquisition of knowledge during a noontime conference series

Fam Med. 2003 Jun;35(6):418-22.


Background and objectives: Noontime conferences are widely used in family practice residencies. This study determined the effectiveness of noontime conferences for increasing residents' knowledge.

Methods: Twenty residents were tested monthly over 6 months and then cumulatively on the content of noontime conferences.

Results: Monthly test scores of attendees versus nonattendees were compared using a two-sample, two-tail t test. Results revealed the mean score of attendees for short-term knowledge to be 12.1 points higher than nonattendees. There was no correlation, however, between conference attendance and long-term knowledge retention.

Conclusions: Our findings indicate a lack of correlation between noontime conference attendance and long-term cumulative test scores. The results question the value of noontime conferences as a teaching method.

MeSH terms

  • Educational Measurement
  • Family Practice / education*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Knowledge
  • Regression Analysis
  • Teaching / methods*