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Editor's Correspondence
May 26, 2008

Resident Supervision and the Electronic Medical Record

Arch Intern Med. 2008;168(10):1117-1118. doi:10.1001/archinte.168.10.1117-b

The interesting report by Singh et al1 adds important data to understanding the factors behind errors in various training settings. It shines a bright light on factors related to teamwork, specifically, errors involving lack of supervision. This report also shows that errors occur in a variety of patient care settings. Patient care involving computer-based medical records may have unique error characteristics. However, an integrated electronic medical record may also offer new opportunities to both instruct and supervise trainees.

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