Peer education is an important component of residency training and it generally takes the form of informal discussions. Residents may also prepare more formal presentations for their peers and analysing the topics they choose to address can serve as a form of needs assessment by giving faculty insight into the content they believe should be taught. At our internal medicine residency program, interns participating in an evidence-based medicine rotation make a formal 30-minute presentation on the topic of their choosing. We reviewed the Power Point slides from 88 presentations given over the past 6 years and have characterized the topics that were covered. Many of the talks were innovative and dealt with subject matter not covered elsewhere in the residency curriculum. Providing housestaff with more opportunities to formally teach each other may improve the educational experience of residency training.
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