MARY KAY SCHLEITER, M.A.; ALVIN R. TARLOV, M.D.; PETER A. WEIL, Ph.D.
A complete census of the number of residents training in internal medicine and fellows in subspecialty training for 1979-1980 and 1980-1981 has been compiled by the National Study of Internal Medicine Manpower. Complete information is now available for the 5-year period from 1976-1977 through 1980-1981. The number of first year residents in internal medicine continues to rise. A constant percentage (35% to 38%) of the graduating class of United States medical schools has entered these programs each year for over a decade. The number of first year fellows in subspecialty training, which in the first half of the 1970s rose 10% to 11% annually, has declined slightly in the second half of the 1970s and has been stable in the past 2 years. The net result of the increasing number of residents and the decreasing number of fellows is a rising proportion of internists entering general internal medicine and a proportionate decline in those choosing subspecialty careers.
MARY KAY SCHLEITER, ALVIN R. TARLOV, PETER A. WEIL. National Study of Internal Medicine Manpower: VII. Residency and Fellowship Training 1976-1977 Through 1980-1981. Ann Intern Med. 1981;95:762–768. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-6-762
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(6):762-768.
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