education; medical, graduate; graduate medical education; internship and residency; communication; information sharing; newsletter


Digital Humanities | Interprofessional Education | Medical Humanities



Communication with stakeholders for a graduate medical education (GME) program depends on shared visual and written content. Residency training programs are embracing social media as a communication channel. However, curated information that may only be viewed by subscribers or followers is difficult to archive and may appear overwhelming to novice users. An electronic, printable newsletter may be a unique communication tool for training programs to share information among residents, faculty, and hospital administration.


We published a monthly electronic newsletter sent to all residents, teaching faculty, and additional stakeholders in our internal medicine residency program. We conducted an electronic anonymous survey and sent it to all residents in February 2023 and January 2024. The survey consisted of 5 questions to assess the satisfaction level of the newsletter.


Sixty of 232 (25.9%) residents completed the survey. Of those, 44 (73.3%) residents were very satisfied regarding overall satisfaction, 39 (65.0%) residents were very satisfied with the overall content, and 42 (70.0%) residents were very satisfied with the timeliness of the information presented. Thirty-six (60%) residents reported the importance of having a resident-led newsletter.


We found an overall high satisfaction level in a resident-led newsletter based on a survey completed by residents within our program. Most survey respondents deemed resident leadership crucial for the newsletter. We also received strong positive feedback from key stakeholders ranging from hospital administration to residency applicants.