A New System Tracks the Career Choices Young Doctors Make

Development of a statewide system to track medical students and residents

The Jefferson Medical College and seven other Pennsylvania medical schools explored the feasibility of developing the Pennsylvania Tracking System, a uniform statewide system to track the educational and career choices of graduate medical students and residents.

Key Results

  • Under the grant, the team at Jefferson:

    • Obtained data from national medical organizations and eight Pennsylvania medical schools to longitudinally follow medical students and graduates of the Pennsylvania osteopathic and allopathic medical schools through medical school, residency training, and into practice.
      • At the close of the project, the Tracking System contained information on 18,000 students and graduates beginning with the entering class of 1982.
      • With the development of the Tracking System, Pennsylvania had the first statewide tracking system for medical students and residents in the nation.
    • Published two articles in Academic Medicine on the development of the tracking system and the career choices of medical students.