According to the ACP, many residents in primary care track programs are no longer entering primary care. Many graduating residents are specializing.
Most internal medicine residents, even those in primary care residencies, don’t plan to practice general internal medicine, a recent survey found.
U.S. internal medicine residents were surveyed about their career plans while taking the Internal Medicine In-Training Examination (IM-ITE). Data were gathered from more than 57,000 residents who responded to the survey in 2009-2011. About a third of the responses came from third-year residents. Results were published in the Dec. 5 Journal of the American Medical Association.