MARY KAY SCHLEITER, Ph.D.; ALVIN R. TARLOV, M.D.
After 12 years of annual expansion, the number of entrants into internal medicine training did not increase in 1983-84. In addition, the number of United States citizens with medical degrees from other countries entering first-year residency positions in internal medicine declined in 1983-84 for the first time in many years. The number of trainees who, upon completion of residency training, chose to become subspecialty fellows increased, and the period of subspecialty training has lengthened to 3 years for one third of the fellows. The total budgets for residency stipends have not increased in real dollars since 1976-77 despite substantial rises in the number of trainees. In fact, stipend levels per resident and fellow have declined in real dollars. Internists make up about 25% of all practicing physicians. With the continuing growth in the number of practicing internists and the high rate of their subspecialization, some adjustments will be made in practice patterns over the next 2 decades.
SCHLEITER MK, TARLOV AR. National Study of Internal Medicine Manpower: IX. Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship Training: 1984 Update.. Ann Intern Med. 1985;102:681–685. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-102-5-681
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