Medical School Faculty, Students Conflict Over Priorities

Disagreements are common over which procedures are 'must know' during internship

FRIDAY, May 29 (HealthDay News) -- Medical school faculty and new physicians who have completed internship training hold differing views about the procedures that are essential to learn during internship, according to a study published in the April issue of Medical Teacher.

Michael T. Fitch, M.D., of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., and colleagues asked 51 medical school faculty and 184 new physicians to rate the importance of 31 clinical procedures to internship. Survey response rates were 76 percent for faculty and 70 percent for new physicians.

The researchers found that a majority of the faculty categorized 14 procedures as "must know," while a majority of new physicians said eight of these procedures were not "must know" and five other procedures were "must know." In general, faculty members were more likely to emphasize knowledge of minor procedures during internship, while new physicians wanted experience with more invasive procedures.

"Despite this disagreement, our findings have identified 19 procedures as important to one of the two groups, which may help to focus the educational efforts in medical student education," the authors write.

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