Impact of a first-year primary care experience on residency choice

Martha S. Grayson, Martin Klein, Kathleen B. Franke

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We designed a retrospective cohort study of first-year medical students to assess the impact of a community-based primary care course, Introduction to Primary Care (IPC), on residency choice. In the group that took IPC (n = 282), 48.2% entered generalist residencies (internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, or medicine/pediatrics), compared to 38.2% in the group that wanted IPC (n = 398) and 39.6% in the group that did not want IPC (n = 245). Controlling for gender, students who took IPC had a 40% higher odds of selecting a generalist residency than those who wanted to take IPC (odds ratio [OR], 1.42; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.04 to 1.95). There was no difference between those who wanted IPC and those who did not (OR, 1.08; CI, 0.78 to 1.52). The community-based primary care experience was positively associated with students' selection of generalist residencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)860-863
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of general internal medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2001


  • Career choice
  • Community-based training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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