ERIC Number: ED176652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Three-Year Curricula in U.S. Medical Schools.
Beran, Robert L.; Kriner, Richard E.
The reduction of traditional medical curricula from four to three years by many medical schools in the U.S. since approximately 1969--a major experiment in medical education--was studied. The effects on the institutions and medical programs were examined by analyzing the information regarding: (1) the school's decision to convert to a three-year program, (2) the process by which such programs were adopted and conducted, (3) the attitudes toward the program by the school administration, department chairman, faculty, and students, (4) graduate appraisals, (5) the curricular characteristics, and (6) the comparative nature of financial, admissions, student, and related institution variables with those of selected schools conducting four-year programs. Study schools were classified on the basis of their provision of a required or optional program. Further distinction was made for old schools and new schools. A total of 18 institutions participated in the project. Data were derived primarily from: the study schools, the Institutional Profile System (IPS) maintained by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the survey instrument developed for the study, and the institutional site visits to 16 schools. It was found that the major impetus for change to a three-year program came from the deans or the administrative staff and major opposition came from the medical basic science department chairman. Included are the questionnaire, questionnaire responses, and several tables and charts. (LC)
Descriptors: Acceleration, Administrator Attitudes, Comparative Analysis, Curriculum Development, Federal Aid, Higher Education, Medical Education, Medical School Faculty, Medical Schools, Medical Students, National Surveys, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Program Length, Questionnaires, Research Reports, Teacher Attitudes, Time
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources Administration (DHEW/PHS), Bethesda, MD. Bureau of Health Manpower.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, DC.