Evaluation of Ambulatory Care Training by Graduates of Internal Medicine Residencies

Published In: Journal of Medical Education, v. 61, no. 4, Apr. 1986, p. 293-302

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 1986

by Lawrence S. Linn, Robert H. Brook, Virginia Clark, Arlene Fink, Jacqueline Kosecoff

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In 1984, 154 physicians who had completed residencies in internal medicine at 15 major teaching hospitals in 1982 evaluated their residency training in ambulatory care. A majority of the physicians would have liked more experience in practical areas related to career planning and office management, more input from subspecialties such as orthopedics and dermatology, greater knowledge about the management of psychosocial problems, and more information about exercise and nutrition. Although many physicians also wanted more time devoted to several other topics, less than 20 percent recommended spending less time on 26 of the 27 topics being evaluated. Since these recommendations are similar to those reported in evaluation studies published over the past 25 years, it appears that training programs in internal medicine have not been successful in restructuring their curricula to meet many of the needs of practicing physicians.

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