ERIC Number: ED309724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-27
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The Tertiary Care Medical Center as a Training Ground for Family Physicians.
Sheets, Kent J.; Doherty, Mary K.
This document reports on a study of influences on the choice of family practice as a medical speciality in a setting in which primary care is not stressed. The study surveyed 392 alumni of the University of Michigan Medical School who graduated between 1950 and 1984 and were members of the American Academy of Family Physicians and/or were certified by the American Board of Family Practice; of these, 243 returned completed questionnaires for a response rate of 63%. Each eligible graduate received a questionnaire consisting of five sections and 40 questions. The questionnaire items included such topics as: year of graduation from medical school; post-graduate training; parents' occupations; practice profiles; time period during which decision to be a family physician was made; and institutional influences on career choice. Results include the following: 16% of the family physicians surveyed had at least one physician parent; about 52% came from middle class families; most came from large and small hometowns with 36.9% growing up in major metropolitan areas or suburbs of a city larger than 50,000; and private physicians practicing in either solo or group practices comprised 73% of the respondents. The largest influences on specialty choice were found to be the opportunity to treat a variety of illnesses, know patients personally, and work with people as opposed to things. The medical school setting provided little support for the choice of family practice but offered an environment of high quality education and an opportunity to see a variety of illnesses. Contains 13 tables and 24 references. (SM)
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