Family practice specialty preference before and after a required clerkship.

D. Campos-Outcalt, J. Senf, R. Pust

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Medical students' specialty preferences before and after participation in a required third-year family practice (FP) clerkship were compared to National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) results. Of 714 students studied, 18 (2.5%) changed their specialty preference away from FP during the clerkship and 66 (9%) changed their preference to FP. Sixty-nine (70%) of students who maintained a preference for FP pre- and post-clerkship matched in FP. Seventy-two students changed their specialty preference to FP and 19 changed their preference from FP during the clerkship; 32% of each of these groups matched in FP. Those with both pre- and post-clerkship preferences for other specialties matched in FP at a rate of only 4% but constituted 18% of everyone entering the specialty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-221
Number of pages9
JournalThe Family practice research journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1992


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