Objective: To examine trends in training satisfaction in graduates of combined internal medicine-pediatrics (Med-Peds) training programs and whether curricular elements designed to enhance the integration of the two disciplines have been successful.
Study design: We conducted a cross-sectional survey of all graduating Med-Peds residents (years 2003-2007). Responses across survey years were analyzed to identify trends. Data for all survey years was analyzed for correlations among curricular elements, perceived adequacy of training, and preparation for future activities.
Results: Overall, residents rated training time as just right for all areas except neonatal intensive care unit training, outpatient procedures, career planning, and office management. There was a significant upward trend in availability of board examination reviews, Med-Peds noon conferences, and mentoring. Residents' ratings of their preparation for most activities increased across the years. More residents reported being satisfied with preparation for internal medicine than pediatric primary care practice (86% versus 83%). Career planning seminars, mentoring, and board reviews correlated with the greatest increase in satisfaction.
Conclusions: Med-Peds graduates report a high and increasing level of satisfaction with their preparation in multiple educational domains. Curricular elements designed to enhance integration of the two disciplines have a broad positive impact. Perceived pediatric practice preparation lags behind that of internal medicine.
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