FREDERIC B. WALKER IV, M.D.
To the editor: I read with great interest the article by Goldenberg and colleagues (1) examining the relation between a primary-care pathway in residency training and residents' career choices. The authors suggest that their primary-care pathway has a "stabilizing effect on residents' plans for careers in general internal medicine." Two factors seriously detract from their interpretation of the data.
1. It is not clear whether the primary-care and traditional residents initially planning to pursue general internal medicine are similar in their goal commitment. Since 100% of the primary-care pathway residents but only 55% of the traditional residents initially planned a
WALKER FB. Primary-Care Pathway. Ann Intern Med. ;92:126–127. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-92-1-126_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(1):126-127.
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