Medical education in the electronic medical record (EMR) era: Benefits, challenges, and future directions

Michael J. Tierney, Natalie M. Pageler, Madelyn Kahana, Julie L. Pantaleoni, Christopher A. Longhurst

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In the last decade, electronic medical record (EMR) use in academic medical centers has increased. Although many have lauded the clinical and operational benefits of EMRs, few have considered the effect these systems have on medical education. The authors review what has been documented about the effect of EMR use on medical learners through the lens of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's six core competencies for medical education. They examine acknowledged benefits and educational risks to use of EMRs, consider factors that promote their successful use when implemented in academic environments, and identify areas of future research and optimization of EMRs' role in medical education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)748-752
Number of pages5
JournalAcademic Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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