* Preliminary results were presented as a poster at the annual meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine, May 6, 2000, Boston, Mass.
Impact of a First-year Primary Care Experience on Residency Choice*
Version of Record online: 12 JAN 2002
Journal of General Internal Medicine
Volume 16, Issue 12, pages 860–863, December 2001
How to Cite
Grayson, M. S., Klein, M. and Franke, K. B. (2001), Impact of a First-year Primary Care Experience on Residency Choice. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 16: 860–863. doi: 10.1046/j.1525-1497.2001.10117.x
- Issue online: 12 JAN 2002
- Version of Record online: 12 JAN 2002
- career choice;
- community-based training
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.