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EMRs get thumbs down from three in four surgical residents

OCTOBER 23, 2017
Clinical Congress Daily Highlights, Monday First Edition

To assess surgical residents’ level of engagement with electronic medical records (EMRs), researchers recently sent out an anonymous survey via e-mail and social media to all members of the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons.  

In an analysis of the open-ended comments led by Edward S. Shipper, III, MD, a surgical education fellow at Stanford University, CA, the researchers found that 49.2 percent of the residents surveyed found engaging with EMRs to be a negative experience, while 25.4 percent described it as neutral and 25.4 percent called it positive. 

Researchers found that surgical trainees spent a significant amount of time using the EMR for all clinical tasks, with more time spent by junior residents. 

Additional Information:
The Scientific Forum presentation, How Are United States Surgical Trainees Engaging with the Electronic Medical Record? Results of a National Resident Survey, was held October 23 at the 2017 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons in San Diego, CA.  Program, webcast and audio information is available online at

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