Doubling the Interest in Primary Care Careers at New York Medical College

New York Medical College, the largest private medical school in the United States, increased the percentage of graduates entering primary care careers from 1992 to 2001.

This project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program Generalist Physician Initiative.

Key Results

  • The college accomplished the following under the grant funding:

    • Developed community-based training sites for first and second year students.
    • Instituted a required family medicine clerkship.
    • Enhanced all 10 residency programs in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Family Medicine that were affiliated with the College to meet New York State requirements for designation as primary care residencies.
    • Improved the practice environment for community-based generalist physicians.

By 2000, the College projected that 33 percent of all of its students would enter primary care careers based on their residency selections—up from 17.5 percent at the start of the project.