READ Workshop

The Reviewing Effective and Accurate Documentation (READ) Workshop is an educational program designed to assist internal medicine residents in developing chart documentation skills. In a series of one hour workshops, notes written by house staff in both the inpatient and outpatient settings are used as a springboard for discussion. Together with faculty, housestaff critique the notes and score them using instruments developed for this purpose. The READ Workshop addresses the ACGME requirement that internal medicine residency programs review "clinical documentation for format, quality of data entry, accuracy of the assessment, and appropriateness of the plan..." The program materials can be adapted to meet the needs of the post-graduate training programs in other fields of medicine.

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Get the READ Guides & Materials

Educators can easily access all step-by-step instructions needed to implement the program on the Files & Folders page. Review the READ Workshop Bibliography here

Publications and Presentations

Talwalkar JS, Ouellette JR. A structured workshop to improve chart documentation among housestaff. Association of American Medical Colleges MedEdPORTAL. 2009. (

Talwalkar JS, Ouellette JR. A structured workshop to teach chart documentation skills to housestaff. Presentation at Pediatric Academic Society national meeting. Baltimore, MD. May 2009.

Contact Us

We are interested in your feedback regarding the program. To contact us with questions, comments, or feedback, send an email with "READ Workshop" in the subject line to

Jaideep S. Talwalkar, MD

Jason R. Ouellette, MD