Introducing managed care to the medical school curriculum: effect on student attitudes
Meyers Primary Care Institute; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Medical Subject Headings
Adult; *Attitude of Health Personnel; Career Choice; Clinical Clerkship; *Curriculum; Data Collection; *Education, Medical, Graduate; Female; Humans; Male; *Managed Care Programs; Massachusetts; Students, Medical
Health Services Research | Primary Care
In order to assess the effect of clinical training and didactic instruction on medical student attitudes toward managed care, we conducted a survey of all medical students at the midpoint of their third year clerkships at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The students were exposed to clinical training in managed care settings and a 2-day required course on the principles underlying managed care. The main outcome measures were student attitudes toward the concepts of managed care, managed care organizations, and future careers in managed care. Students also assessed the attitudes of medical faculty toward managed care. Attitudes of students with previous clinical training in managed care settings did not differ from those of students without such exposure toward the concepts underlying managed care or managed care organizations and were less positive about careers in managed care. Student responses before and after the 2-day course on managed care demonstrated that attitudes moved in a significantly positive direction. Seventy-one percent of students reported that the opinions they had heard from medical faculty about managed care were negative. Preparing medical students to practice medicine effectively in managed care settings will require focused attention on managed care issues in the medical school curriculum and the combined efforts of academic health centers and managed care organizations.
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Citation: Am J Manag Care. 1998 Jul;4(7):1015-21.