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JAMA. 1993 Sep 1;270(9):1035-40.

Preparedness for practice. Young physicians' views of their professional education.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ 08543-2316.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe the views of young physicians (younger than age 45 years) regarding the appropriateness of specific aspects of medical training that have often been criticized as inadequate.

DESIGN:

Proportional analysis of survey data, stratified by medical school type and graduate medical education specialty and adjusted for demographics.

SETTING:

National sample of 4756 allopathic and osteopathic physicians trained in allopathic residencies representing a variety of practice settings.

DEPENDENT VARIABLES:

Overall satisfaction with medical training, including medical school through residency and fellowship; satisfaction with preparedness for five aspects of practice and six types of patients; and satisfaction with the amount of time spent in each of six training settings.

RESULTS:

Eighty percent of young physicians reported that their formal medical training did an excellent or good job of preparing them for medical practice. Much smaller proportions (21% to 78%) reported excellent or good preparation to treat specific conditions or types of patients, and few (3%) reported being well prepared to manage business aspects of practice. Large proportions (35% to 63%) would prefer to have received more training in settings outside of hospitals, including managed care settings (67%). Significant differences in preparedness were observed by type of training; those trained in general and family practice reported better preparedness along many dimensions than did those trained in general internal medicine.

CONCLUSIONS:

Young physicians generally confirm critiques of medical training noted by scholars and commissions. Health care reform is likely to increase the urgency for remedial action.

PMID:
8350444
DOI:
10.1001/jama.270.9.1035
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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