Ten years of graduates evaluate a pediatric residency program

Am J Dis Child. 1990 Oct;144(10):1102-5. doi: 10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150340046021.


Ten years of graduates (1979 through 1988) from a pediatric residency program with a primary care track were surveyed for their perceived level of comfort gained in training for 28 different content/specialty areas of pediatrics and for their recommendations for increasing emphasis/time during residency for these areas. The response rate was 73%. The highest levels of comfort and fewest recommendations for increasing emphasis were for neonatal problems and health maintenance. The lowest perceived comfort levels and the most recommendations for increasing emphasis were for economics of pediatric practice and sports medicine/orthopedics. Graduates from the primary care track of the pediatric residency program expressed more comfort than did regular track graduates for some, but not all, areas of pediatrics emphasized in the primary care track program. Graduates of the first 5 years of study were not as comfortable with their training overall as were graduates from the most recent 5 years. This survey method and its results can provide useful information to medical educators faced with evaluation and revision of pediatric residency training programs.

MeSH terms

  • California
  • Career Choice
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Male
  • Pediatrics / education*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires