Fellowship Trends of Pathology Residents (American Council for Graduate Medical Education) (Survey)
In 2001, the American Board of Pathology eliminated the credentialing year of pathology training, thus shortening the combined anatomic and clinical (AP/CP) residency from a total of 5 years to a total of 4 years. During the same time period, the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) began the Outcomes Project, which was aimed at improving the ability of residency programs to assess and measure the outcomes of the educational curriculum. Part of this initiative included specifying 6 core competencies. (1,2) The core competencies are (1) patient care, (2) medical knowledge, (3) practice-based learning and improvement, (4) interpersonal and communication skills, (5) professionalism, and (6) systems-based practice. Both of these changes, in the core length of residency education and in the emphasis on measuring outcomes, have affected the structure and content of AP/CP residency programs. The changes have almost certainly affected trainee’s opinions on what type of postresidency training (fellowship) programs they are seeking. To date, however, trainee opinions, such as their motivations, expectations, and ultimate goals regarding fellowship training programs and career, have not been well assessed and remain poorly understood. Having a greater understanding of what trainees are looking for in fellowship programs will help programs better define the structure of the application process, the curricular content, and the goals and objectives. This study assessed attitudes toward postresidency training and career in a group of residents from different programs across the country, with specific questions focused on what type and number of fellowships residents are planning to pursue, their attitudes regarding fellowships and the application process, as well as how residents are obtaining information about specific fellowships.