Jon S. Du Bois, MD
To the Editors: In their recent article, Hayward and colleagues (1) address the balance between service and clinical education in residency training by examining characteristics of "burdensome non-medical chores" (2) known as "scutwork." They successfully defined numerous procedural and clerical duties, which were viewed by residents as having little educational value and as being peripheral to their physician role. As anticipated, there were differences between faculty and residents' perceptions of scutwork, with faculty tending to underestimate scut content and to overestimate educational merit. Interestingly, for residents, the scut content of a service often depended on the clinical context and specific
Du Bois JS. Service Versus Education in Residency. Ann Intern Med. 1991;115:914. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-11-914_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(11):914.
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