Family medicine residents: their features and differences
Objective: This paper aims to investigate the features and the differences of the family medicine residents and the residents of the departments the family medicine residents working during their rotations, in the University of Çukurova.
Methods: A total of 99 (79.2%) out of 125 residents working in the departments of internal medicine (IM), pediatrics (PED), gynecology and obstetrics (G&O), general surgery (GS), emergency medicine (EM), psychiatry (PS), and family medicine (FM) participated in the study. Data about their demographic features, graduate and undergraduate educational processes, health situations, and social lives were collected using a semi-structured questionnaire.
Results: The mean age of the FM residents was higher compared to the PED and G&O residents (p<0.05). While the percentage of male residents was higher than the female residents in the IM, GS, and EM clinics, the other clinics mostly have female residents (p<0.05). For the FM residents, the time period which they served as a general practitioner was longer then the IM, PED, and G&O residents (p<0.05). 80-90% of the PS and G&O residents, half of the IM residents, and 30-35% of the FM and PED residents had succeeded in entering one of their first three choices in the Medical Specialization Exam (MSE) (p<0.05). For the FM residents the mean frequency of being on call in a month was found to be lower compared to the IM, PED, GS, and EM residents (p<0.001). There were no significant differences between all groups in terms of social life and health situation.
Conclusions: There were statistically significant differences in some of the demographic features and graduate and undergraduate educational processes between the resident groups. For the family medicine discipline, the low percentage of entering one of the first three choices in the MSE, is considered to be important for the development and future of the discipline.