The preferred learning style among residents and faculty members of an internal medicine residency program

J Natl Med Assoc. 2008 Feb;100(2):172-5. doi: 10.1016/s0027-9684(15)31205-0.


Objective: To determine the preferred learning style, as defined by David Kolb, and predictors of the different learning styles among residents and faculty members at an internal medicine residency program.

Design/setting: A cross sectional study of internal medicine residents and faculty members at Morehouse School of Medicine was performed using the Kolb Learning Style Inventory (LSI) version 3.1.

Measurements: The Kolb LSI is a questionnaire of 12 sentences, each with four phrases for sentence completion that are to be ranked according to how they apply to the subject.

Results: Forty-two out of 59 questionnaires that were given out to residents and attending physicians were properly completed and returned. Assimilating style was the predominant learning style among residents (42%) and attending physicians (55%). There was no significant association between age, gender or medical education status, and learning styles.

Conclusions: The understanding of residents' learning styles may facilitate instructional rapport between residents and attending physicians, thereby improving residents' academic performance.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Awareness
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Data Collection
  • Education, Medical, Graduate*
  • Faculty, Medical*
  • Female
  • Georgia
  • Humans
  • Internal Medicine / education*
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Learning*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Surveys and Questionnaires