Choosing to do obstetrics in practice: factors affecting the decisions of third-year family practice residents

Fam Med. 1987 May-Jun;19(3):191-4.


To investigate factors influencing a resident's decision to participate in obstetrical care, a survey was undertaken of program directors and third-year residents from the 16 Michigan family practice residency programs. Responses indicated that the majority of third-year residents (55%) intended to practice obstetrics on graduation. Rural practice plans were significantly correlated with a decision to practice obstetrics, but suburban practice plans were negatively correlated. Residents who reported the presence of a good family practice obstetric role model were significantly more likely to practice obstetrics; residents deciding against obstetrical practice expressed concerns about legal liability and malpractice fees. These findings have important implications for family practice training programs if obstetrics is to remain a central part of comprehensive family care.

MeSH terms

  • Career Choice*
  • Family Practice / education*
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Liability
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Life Style
  • Michigan
  • Obstetrics / education*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires