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JAMA. 2001 Sep 5;286(9):1027-34.

Preparedness for clinical practice: reports of graduating residents at academic health centers.

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  • 1Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital, 50 Staniford St, 9th Floor, Suite 901, Boston, MA 02114, USA. dblumenthal@partners.org

Abstract

CONTEXT:

Medical educators are seeking improved measures to assess the clinical competency of residents as they complete their graduate medical education.

OBJECTIVE:

To assess residents' perceptions of their preparedness to provide common clinical services during their last year of graduate medical education.

DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS:

A 1998 national survey of residents completing their training in 8 specialties (internal medicine, pediatrics, family practice, obstetrics/gynecology, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, psychiatry, and anesthesiology) at academic health centers in the United States. A total of 2626 residents responded (response rate, 65%).

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Residents' reports of their preparedness to perform clinical and nonclinical tasks relevant to their specialties.

RESULTS:

Residents in all specialties rated themselves as prepared to manage most of the common conditions they would encounter in their clinical career. However, more than 10% of residents in each specialty reported that they felt unprepared to undertake 1 or more tasks relevant to their disciplines, such as caring for patients with human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or substance abuse (family practice) or nursing home patients (internal medicine); performance of spinal surgery (orthopedic surgery) or abdominal aortic aneurysm repair (general surgery); and management of chronic pain (anesthesiology).

CONCLUSIONS:

Overall, residents in their last year of training at academic health centers rate their clinical preparedness as high. However, opportunities for improvement exist in preparing residents for clinical practice.

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