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Learning Preferences of First-Year Anesthesiology Residents During Their Orientation Month

A Single-Institution Study

Eosakul, Stanley T., MD, MS; Wong, Vanessa, BS; Ku, Cindy M., MD; Mitchell, John D., MD

doi: 10.1213/XAA.0000000000000880
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As a step toward understanding whether learning preferences may benefit trainees and instructors, we studied the learning preferences, based on the VARK questionnaire, of anesthesiology residents during their orientation month to determine whether knowing their preferences influenced the educational resources they used. While resource utilization was similar for residents who knew their preferences and those who did not, residents overall used aural and read/write resources frequently. The learning preferences of 13 residents (72.2%) changed during the month. While further research is needed, this study provides insight into anesthesiology residents’ learning styles.

From the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts.

Accepted for publication July 17, 2018.

Funding: This study was funded by the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Address correspondence to John D. Mitchell, MD, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 1 Deaconess Rd, RB-470, Boston, MA 02215. Address e-mail to jdmitche@bidmc.harvard.edu.

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