Message to Med Students: Consider a Career in Primary Care

Evaluation of National Primary Care Week for medical students

The American Medical Student Association Foundation conducted an evaluation of the 1999 National Primary Care Week. The Association is an independent national organization that represents nearly 30,000 physicians-in-training.

National Primary Care Week educates students and others about primary care, and encourages students to pursue this discipline.

Key Findings

The evaluation included the following key findings:

  • The majority of student leaders spent fewer than 20 hours organizing the week's activities.
  • The most common obstacles to attracting student participation were scheduling issues, schoolwork, and limited interest.
  • The most frequent suggestion for improving National Primary Care Week was to start the planning process earlier.
  • Students most often reported that the week served to introduce them to primary care and primary care leaders, and clarify the role of primary care providers in the community.

Project staff recommended that student leaders work more closely with the nursing profession and state governors' offices to increase the visibility of National Primary Care Week.

Funding

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided $7,276 in funding from September 1999 to February 2000 to support the project.