Asthma training in third-year medical students

J. G. Teeter, T. Buxton, F. J. Malveaux, E. R. Bleecker

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To assess the educational experiences of physicians-in-training with asthma patients, we had medical students complete asthma surveys at the beginning and end of their internal medicine clerkship (IMC). At the beginning of the IMC, all students received a 1-hr asthma lecture and half of the students received a compilation of pocket cards containing many of the algorithms from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute asthma guidelines. We found that students had relatively few encounters with asthmatic patients during the IMC. Students were good judges of asthma severity but performed poorly on survey questions pertaining to asthma treatment. Confidence in treating and assessing patients improved by the end of the IMC, but remained low. We conclude that the usual 1-hr lecture and limited contact with asthma patients during the IMC may be inadequate to train students to care for patients with asthma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-386
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Asthma
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Asthma
  • Internal medicine clerkship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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