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Faculty prefer continuity with medical students in the emergency department
  1. Aaron William Bernard,
  2. Nicholas E Kman,
  3. Bret Betz,
  4. Sorabh Khandelwal,
  5. Jeffrey M Caterino
  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr A W Bernard, Department of Emergency Medicine, Ohio State University, 684 Park St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA; aaronwbernard{at}


Introduction The aim of this investigation was to better understand emergency medicine (EM) faculty opinions as they relate to continuity with students.

Methods This was a prospective cohort study of faculty supervising students completing an EM clerkship. Student schedules were aligned to maximise continuity with faculty. Faculty completed surveys prior to the start of the study and again at the end of the study period.

Results Faculty generally indicated a favourable opinion regarding continuity with students. Significant change was noted in two survey questions from pre- to post-intervention: faculty reported higher motivation to teach and felt the students' learning experience was better with improved continuity.

Conclusion EM faculty express theoretical optimism regarding the value of improved continuity between teacher and learner. This positive sentiment persisted after actual experience with students on a shift allocation model that aligns faculty and student schedules.

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval Ethics approval was provided by the Office of Responsible Research Practices at Ohio State University.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.