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A SURVEY OF MILITARY RESIDENCIES REGARDING 4TH-YEAR MEDICAL SCHOOL CLERKSHIPS

Satin, A. J. MD; Hines, J. F. MD; Rosa, C. MD; Armstrong, A. Y. MD; Haffner, W. H. J. MD

Graduate Education

Objective To determine the value of 4th-year medical student clerkships assessed by military obstetric and gynecologic program directors and residents.

Methods A questionnaire was sent to all Department of Defense obstetric and gynecologic residency program directors and residents. All of the program directors and 124 of 194 (64%) residents responded, reporting the value of 4th-year medical student clerkships for students entering their programs. Descriptive statistics are reported.

Results Primary care clerkships were valued most highly by program directors who valued obstetric and gynecologic clerkships at their program sites or audition electives higher than those done at other sites. Residents most highly valued obstetric and gynecologic and intensive care clerkships. Most surgical subspecialties were believed to be of minimal or no value.

Conclusion For students entering their programs, military program directors placed the highest value on primary care clerkships. Program directors also highly valued obstetric and gynecologic clerkships at their programs, whereas residents considered obstetric and gynecologic and intensive care clerkships to be most helpful.

Military residents and program directors believe 4th-year obstetric and gynecologic electives are helpful to students entering their residency programs.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland; Division of Gynecology Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas; and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

Address reprint requests to: Andrew J. Satin, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 4301 Jones Bridge Road, Bethesda, MD 20814-4799; E-mail: asatin@usuhs.mil

Received July 10, 1998. Received in revised form October 16, 1998. Accepted November 5, 1998.

© 1999 The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists