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Presse Med. 2012 May;41(5):e213-9. doi: 10.1016/j.lpm.2011.11.026. Epub 2012 Feb 13.

[Assessment of scientific production after initial medical education at the Faculty of Medicine of Angers from 2002 to 2008].

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Université Lunam, université d'Angers, faculté de médecine, 49045 Angers cedex 01, France.



The activity of scientific publication after initial medical education is unclear. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the proportion of MD theses and Board certification manuscripts resulting in a publication, their impact in terms of SIGAPS points and the main difficulties in the publication of this work.


MD theses sustained from 2002 to 2008 at the Faculty of Medicine of Angers have been identified from the "Système universitaire de documentation" (SUDOC), catalog, and specialty certification manuscripts (Board and Complementary Board) directly to diplomates. Publications were searched in Medline via Pubmed, ISI Web of Knowledge and in the three SIGAPS reports from 2002 to 2008. A survey aimed at determining the barriers to publication and the way to suppress them was launched to all MD directors and specialty mentors.


Five hundred and ninety-eight theses were sustained, 311 (52%) in general medicine and 287 (48%) in specialties. One hundred and sixty-five theses have resulted in publication (28%) of which 97 (16%) indexed in Medline via Pubmed (11% in general medicine and 22% in specialty). Thirty-three of these 97 articles (35%) were published in journals of high quality classes A, B or C of SIGAPS classification. These articles from theses represented 4.17% of the SIGAPS scoring of the hospital calculated on a total of 2088 articles over this period. Two hundred and four specialty certification manuscripts resulted in 69 articles (33.8%), 50 (24.5%) indexed in Medline. The rate of publication of these specialty manuscripts, Board and Complementary Board, were respectively 31% (45/145) and 40.7% (24/59). They represented 1.9% (432 points) total SIGAPS score. The main barriers to publication were lack of time of directors, remote students after the promotion and the lack of logistic resources.


Scientific publications issued from initial medical education at the Faculty of Medicine of Angers was of good quality but quantitatively insufficient, and contributed poorly to the University Hospital funding despite a significant number of diplomates. Logistical support should be considered in order to promote scientific production after initial medical education.

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