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Acad Med. 1991 Apr;66(4):234-6.

Effect of a year-long primary care clerkship on graduates' selection of family practice residencies.

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Department of Family Medicine, State University of New York (SUNY)-Health Science Center, Syracuse College of Medicine.


This report compares the selection of family practice residencies from 1981 through 1989 by graduates trained at two campuses of the State University of New York (SUNY)-Health Science Center at Syracuse College of Medicine, at other New York State campuses, and at all U.S. medical schools. One of the SUNY-Syracuse cohorts comprised the students who had completed all their work at the Syracuse campus, while the other comprised those who had spent their third year at the campus in Binghamton, which has a year-long, half-day-a-week primary care clerkship that is not available at the Syracuse campus, which has no primary care clerkship. Comparison of the proportions of the graduates in the two SUNY-Syracuse cohorts who chose family practice residencies, and comparisons of the proportions of graduates from other New York state schools and from all U.S. schools who selected family practice residencies during the same nine-year period, indicate that the proportion of students trained during their third year at the Binghamton campus who selected family practice residencies was significantly greater (21%; p less than .001). Additional investigation is required to determine whether the year-long nature of the required clerkship affects graduates' choices more than does the primary care content of the clerkship.

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