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Table 3 Ranking of Site Characteristics

From: Medical Students' and Residents' preferred site characteristics and preceptor behaviours for learning in the ambulatory setting: a cross-sectional survey

Rank Question Number saying important to learning (%) Number not answering question Number saying detrimental for learning (%)
1 Effective teachers 1569 (98.4) 4 3 (0.2)
2 Opportunity to see patients independently 1592 (97.3) 6 0
3 Opportunity to see a large variety of patients 1511 (94.8) 4 1 (0.1)
4 Opportunity to see an adequate number of patients 1496 (93.9) 5 2 (0.1)
5 Preceptors readily available 1490 (93.5) 4 2 (0.1)
6 Opportunity to do procedures 1357 (85.3) 8 3 (0.2)
7 Readily available examination room 1348 (84.8) 9 1 (0.1)
8 Opportunity to see patients in follow-up visits 1275 (80.1) 6 1 (0.1)
9 Opportunity to observe preceptor if desired 1239 (77.8) 6 0
10 Opportunity to interact with consultants and/or referring doctors 1227 (77.1) 7 0
11 Block rotation 1094 (68.8) 7 3 (0.2)
12 Efforts to meet objectives made by preceptor 1059 (66.5) 5 1 (0.1)
13 Teaching of medical record keeping skills 956 (60.0) 4 0
14 Computer learning resources available in the clinic 947 (59.4) 3 0
15 Orientation to the practice 937 (59.0) 11 1 (0.1)
16 Teaching of time management skills 904 (56.7) 3 3 (0.2)
17 Teaching of office management skills 872 (54.7) 4 2 (0.1)
18 Clearly defined site objectives for the rotation 843 (52.9) 5 4 (0.2)
19 Library resources available in the clinic 778 (48.8) 4 0
20 Existence of a site-coordinator 762 (48.4) 22 2 (0.1)
21 Longitudinal/horizontal rotation 603 (38.4) 29 42 (2.7)
22 Limited number of preceptors 443 (27.9) 13 233 (14.7)
23 Presence of other trainees in the clinic 432 (27.1) 4 74 (4.6)
24 Close proximity of clinic to campus 366 (23.0) 8 5 (0.3)