Alumni perspectives comparing a general internal medicine program and a traditional medicine program

Douglas P. Kiel, Patricia S. O'Sullivan, Peter J. Ellis, Steven A. Wartman

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Objective:To evaluate a primary care internal medicine curriculum, the authors surveyed four years (1983-1986) of graduates of the primary care and traditional internal medicine residency programs at their institution concerning the graduates' preparation. Design:Mailed survey of alumni of a residency training program. Setting:Teaching hospital alumni. Subjects/methods:Of 91 alumni of an internal medicine training program for whom addresses had been found, 82 (90%) of the residents (20 primary care and 62 traditional) rated on a five-point Likert scale 82 items for both adequacy of preparation for practice and importance of training. These items were divided into five groups: traditional medical disciplines (e.g., cardiology), allied disciplines (e.g., orthopedics), areas related to medical practice (e.g., patient education), basic skills and knowledge (e.g., history and physical), and technical procedures. Main results:Primary care residents were more likely to see themselves as primary care physicians versus subspecialists (84% versus 45%). The primary care graduates felt significantly better prepared in the allied disciplines and in areas related to medical practice (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)544-552
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of General Internal Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • clinical competence
  • curricula
  • general internal medicine
  • primary care
  • procedural skills
  • residency education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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