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September 5, 2007

Evaluating Medical Training Programs by the Quality of Care Delivered by Their Alumni

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Dr Asch); Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (Drs Asch and Nicholson); Division of Health Policy and Administration, School of Public Health, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (Dr Epstein); and Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, Massaschusetts (Dr Nicholson).

JAMA. 2007;298(9):1049-1051. doi:10.1001/jama.298.9.1049

Medical education serves many goals, and all of them are difficult to measure. For that reason, assertions that one medical school or residency program is better than another may have many different meanings. Nevertheless, most stakeholders, including prospective trainees, health systems, and patients, could be justified in expecting that graduates of good training programs generally take care of patients well, and that graduates of better training programs generally take care of patients better. The evaluation of medical education programs ought to keep this goal in sight.

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