Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 16, Issue 12, pp 860–863

Impact of a first-year primary care experience on residency choice

  • Martha S. Grayson
  • Martin Klein
  • Kathleen B. Franke
Brief Report

DOI: 10.1046/j.1525-1497.2001.10117.x

Cite this article as:
Grayson, M.S., Klein, M. & Franke, K.B. J GEN INTERN MED (2001) 16: 860. doi:10.1046/j.1525-1497.2001.10117.x

Abstract

We designed a retrospective cohort study of first-year medical students to assess the impact of a community-based primary care course, Introduction to Primary Care (IPC), on residency choice. In the group that took IPC (n=282), 48.2% entered generalist residencies (internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, or medicine/pediatrics), compared to 38.2% in the group that wanted IPC (n=398) and 39.6% in the group that did not want IPC (n=245). Controlling for gender, students who took IPC had a 40% higher odds of selecting a generalist residency than those who wanted to take IPC (odds ratio [OR], 1.42; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.04 to 1.95). There was no difference between those who wanted IPC and those who did not (OR, 1.08; CI, 0.78 to 1.52). The community-based primary care experience was positively associated with students’ selection of generalist residencies.

Key words

career choicecommunity-based training

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© Blackwell Science Inc 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martha S. Grayson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Martin Klein
    • 1
  • Kathleen B. Franke
    • 1
  1. 1.the Center for Primary Care Education and ResearchNew York Medical CollegeValhalla
  2. 2.Saint Vincent’s Hospital and Medical CenterNew York