The full content of Annals is available to subscribers

Subscribe/Learn More  >
Articles |

Training Internists in Procedural Skills

Robert S. Wigton, MD
[+] Article, Author, and Disclosure Information

Requests for Reprints: Robert S. Wigton, MD, Section of General Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 600 South 42nd Street, Omaha, NE 68198-4285.

Current Author Address: Dr. Wigton: Section of General Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 600 South 42nd Street, Omaha, NE 68198-4285.

© 1992 American College of PhysiciansAmerican College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(12_Part_2):1091-1093. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-116-12-1091
Text Size: A A A

▪ The procedural skills of internists have been scrutinized recently because of concern for quality of care and because of economic and liability issues. The findings of recent surveys of program directors and practicing internists about procedural skills are reviewed. The results of these surveys in relation to the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) new training requirements and New York State's new policy requiring credentialing of residents in training are also discussed.

Surveys show that internists do a large number and variety of procedures, that the number of procedures varies with the nature and location of practice, and that internists who more recently completed training do more procedures. Many graduates do not master the procedures their program directors think they should, and many learn procedures, often without supervision, after they have entered practice. The ABIM has recently ruled that residents must have documented experience and competence in specific core procedures to become eligible for certification. Also, New York State, in the wake of the Libby Zion case, now requires that all residents be credentialed in the procedures they do during training.

Programs in internal medicine need to decide which procedures their residents will master and assure that their residents receive the training and testing necessary for competency and for formal certification of mastery in each procedure. Programs may restructure rotations to assure adequate experience. In the new era of accountability, certification of training and of competence in procedural skills will be an important function of training programs.





Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).


Submit a Comment/Letter
Submit a Comment/Letter

Summary for Patients

Clinical Slide Sets

Terms of Use

The In the Clinic® slide sets are owned and copyrighted by the American College of Physicians (ACP). All text, graphics, trademarks, and other intellectual property incorporated into the slide sets remain the sole and exclusive property of the ACP. The slide sets may be used only by the person who downloads or purchases them and only for the purpose of presenting them during not-for-profit educational activities. Users may incorporate the entire slide set or selected individual slides into their own teaching presentations but may not alter the content of the slides in any way or remove the ACP copyright notice. Users may make print copies for use as hand-outs for the audience the user is personally addressing but may not otherwise reproduce or distribute the slides by any means or media, including but not limited to sending them as e-mail attachments, posting them on Internet or Intranet sites, publishing them in meeting proceedings, or making them available for sale or distribution in any unauthorized form, without the express written permission of the ACP. Unauthorized use of the In the Clinic slide sets will constitute copyright infringement.


Buy Now for $42.00

to gain full access to the content and tools.

Want to Subscribe?

Learn more about subscription options

Related Articles
Topic Collections
PubMed Articles
Forgot your password?
Enter your username and email address. We'll send you a reminder to the email address on record.