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August 1979

Learning Style in a Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program

Author Affiliations

From the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (Dr Leonard); Mercy Hospital, Urbana, Ill (Dr Leonard); and University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis (Ms Harris).

Arch Intern Med. 1979;139(8):872-875. doi:10.1001/archinte.1979.03630450026010

Individual differences in learning style should be one factor that is considered in medical education program planning and instruction, and this can be accomplished by using Kolb's learning style inventory (LSI) in a primary care internal medicine residency program. Case accounts are presented to suggest how the LSI can be used to enrich teaching-learning encounters. To our knowledge, these case accounts are the first reports of an important use of knowledge about learning style, obtained through instruments such as the LSI. Other educational applications are suggested with respect to evaluation formats and choice of instructional methods.

(Arch Intern Med 139:872-875, 1979)