Serving the underserved: Curriculum use survey

J. E. Cox, R. C. Samuels, P. Melinkovich, W. G. Bithoney

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Objective. To assess the utilization of Training Residents to Serve the Underserved: A Resident Education Curriculum published by the Ambulatory Pediatric Association and mailed to all pediatric residency program directors in the APA dataset in 1993. Participants. 166 of 216 (77%) pediatric residency program directors in the United States. Study design. The American Academy of Pediatrics mailed a self-administered written survey. Non-responders received a second mailing and two phone calls. Results. 75 of 166 (45%) of respondents had received the curriculum and 54/166 (33%) retained a copy. 19 (11%) used at least part of the curriculum in their program. The most frequently cited curriculum strength was that the curriculum was comprehensive and well-organized. The lack of implementation materials and teaching aides was the most common weakness. Conclusions. Mass mailings by a nationally recognized pediatric organization did not greatly increase use and knowledge of the curriculum. Broader implementation strategies are needed in order to increase utilization of the curriculum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-281
Number of pages7
JournalAmbulatory Child Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Childhood poverty
  • Curriculum
  • Residency training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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