[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
June 22, 1979

An Evaluation of the Undergraduate Medical CurriculumThe Kentucky Experiment in Community Medicine

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Family and Community Medicine (Drs Burke, Eckhert, Hays, Mansell, and Fulmer), Medicine (Drs Burke and Fulmer), and Pediatrics (Dr Eckhert), University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester; and Department of Community Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Dr Deuschle), New York.

JAMA. 1979;241(25):2726-2730. doi:10.1001/jama.1979.03290510034023

The Department of Community Medicine, established in 1960, at the new University of Kentucky College of Medicine developed a major curriculum innovation that consisted of a required six-week community-based clerkship and an elective international cross-cultural clerkship for fourth-year medical students. It was recognized from the outset that the importance of the program would have to be assessed after a number of years. A questionnaire was sent to graduates of the classes 1964 to 1968. There was a response rate of 85%. Seventy percent of respondents reported the program had an impact on their professional careers. To our knowledge, no similar study highlighting the impact of major curriculum innovation on long-term outcome has been reported.

(JAMA 241:2726-2730, 1979)