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Research Letter
Health Care Reform
Nov 12, 2012

Medical Students and the Affordable Care Act: Uninformed and Undecided

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Dr Winkelman), Biostatistical Design and Analysis Center (Ms Davey), and Center for Bioethics, Department of Medicine (Dr Song), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; and Department of General Surgery (Dr Antiel) and Program in Professionalism and Ethics, Biomedical Ethics Research Unit, Knowledge Evaluation Research Unit, and Department of General Internal Medicine, Center for the Science of Healthcare Delivery (Dr Tilbert), Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(20):1603-1605. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3758

Although President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on March 23, 2010, it remains widely debated and is a defining issue in the upcoming 2012 presidential and general elections.1 The success or failure of the ACA will lie in its acceptance, as well as the effectiveness of its implementation.2,3 While the next generation of physicians will play an increasingly significant role in the implementation, modification, and advocacy for or against reform measures, it is unclear whether they possess the knowledge or will to participate in such efforts. 4,5

We sought to characterize medical students' knowledge of and attitudes toward the ACA and to examine the relationship between these attitudes and respondents' political affiliation, medical school year, specialty choice, and financial considerations.