DON L. GOLDENBERG, M.D.; JANET T. POZEN, Ph.D.; ALAN S. COHEN, M.D.
There has been no evidence that primary-care pathways, a recent innovation in internal medicine residency programs, have affected the career choices of their trainees. We report the experience of the first four cohorts of primary-care trainees in internal medicine compared with traditional-pathway trainees at Boston City Hospital. Primary-care residents remained committed to their plans for a career in general internal medicine throughout training. In contrast, two thirds of the traditionally trained residents who were planning a career in general internal medicine at the beginning of their training changed their plans to subspecialty medicine. Thus, the primary-care pathway reinforced the career plans of trainees in general internal medicine, whereas traditional training influenced potential generalists toward subspecialty medicine.
DON L. GOLDENBERG, JANET T. POZEN, ALAN S. COHEN. The Effect of a Primary-Care Pathway on Internal Medicine Residents' Career Plans. Ann Intern Med. 1979;91:271–274. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-91-2-271
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1979;91(2):271-274.
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