International health and internal medicine residency training: the Duke University experience.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of the Duke University Medicine Residency International Health Program (IHP) on program participants and to evaluate the relationship of the IHP to the residency program. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The Duke University Medicine Residency Program classes of 1988 to 1996 participated in a questionnaire-based survey. All program participants (n = 59), a group of nonparticipants (n = 138), and residents who had not yet had an opportunity to participate (preparticipants; n = 106). RESULTS: The overall response rate to the questionnaire was 93%. Participation exceeded expectations and had a strongly positive impact on personal and professional lives of the majority of the participants. Participants reported a significant positive impact on their training in internal medicine and their knowledge of tropical medicine. A minority of nonparticipants identified a positive effect in these areas due to conferences and interactions with their participating colleagues. Participants who changes career plans during residency tended to move toward areas of general internal medicine or public health, in contrast to nonparticipants who tended to change areas of subspecialty or chose private practice. The IHP was identified as a significant factor for selection of the Duke Medicine Residency by 42% of the preparticipant group. Nearly all of the respondents (99%) indicated that the IHP should be continued. CONCLUSION: The IHP has a measurable positive impact on the participants, as well as on the Medicine Residency Program.
Miller, WC; Corey, GR; Lallinger, GJ; Durack, DT
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