The Cost of Training Third-Year Primary Care Medical Sutdents in an Ambulatory Setting
Research in Healthcare Financial Management, Vol.7, No. 1, 21-32, (2002)
Posted: 8 Nov 2016
Date Written: October 18, 2002
Changes in the delivery and reimbursement of health care services are requiring the training of increased numbers of undergraduate medical students in primary care. A significant portion of this training occurs in ambulatory care setting.
This study examines the impact of training third-year medical students at two HMO and two non-HMO health centers. The presence of students did not affect physician productivity at the HMO health centers. Physician productivity at the nn-HMO health centers decreased by 0.31 patients per hour when students were present, for a cost of $517 per four-week rotation. Other costs to the training sites were estimated to be $560 per student, yielding a total cost to the non-HMO sites of approximately $1,080 per student per rotation.
Keywords: health care, cost management, health care policy
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