Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Department of Family Medicine

Steve Roskos worked together with Jordan White and David Anthony from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Vince WinklerPrins from Georgetown University to better understand the use of electronic health records (EHRs) by medical students in community settings. They surveyed 265 family physicians who teach students in their offices. Nearly all who use EHRs provide students access to them, but only 62.2% allowed students to write notes in the EHR. A significant percentage who allowed students to write notes in the EHR felt obligated to break the rules for EHR use to do so. Based on our findings, we are advocating for policy changes to allow students to receive the training they need in the use of EHRs.