Thursday, March 03, 2011

What are Internal Medicine program directors worried about these days?

From survey data:

Key Points

* Internal medicine residency program directors are concerned about declining interest in internal medicine among medical students, and in primary care among residency graduates.

* Program directors are concerned about burdensome regulatory oversight of graduate medical education and medical practice, economic pressures affecting medical education and career choice, the eighty-hour work week, and fragmentation within internal medicine.

* The findings related to declining interest in internal medicine careers have implications for health policy reform.

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