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National Survey of Attitudes and Choices in Medical Education and Training (ACMET) II, 1997

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Block, Susan D. (Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Harvard Medical School)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Free Keywords
career choice; health professions; hospitals; medical education; medical schools; medical students; physicians; primary care
  • Abstract

    The purpose of this study was threefold: (1) to assess the effects of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Initiative (GPI) on attitudes toward primary care among a national cross-sectional sample of medical students, residents, faculty, residency training directors (RTDs), chairpersons, and medical school deans\; (2) to conduct a longitudinal study of medical student, resident, and faculty participants from ACMET I (1994) and ACMET II (1997) to measure changes over time in attitudes and beliefs about primary care and primary care career choice\; and (3) to survey a nationally representative sample of medical students, residents, faculty, RTDs, chairpersons, and medical school deans about their attitudes toward managed care. The GPI challenged schools of medicine, in collaboration with state governments, private insurers, HMOs, hospitals, and community health centers, to increase the supply of generalist physicians (general internal medicine, general pediatrics, family practice, and general practice). ACMET II gauged views on primary care and specialist medical careers, factors affecting residency choice, faculty influences on medical students and residents, and time spent in various settings (inpatient, outpatient, emergency ward, managed care, and long-term care settings) during electives, clerkships, internships, and residency. Background information collected by the survey includes age, sex, marital status, race, medical school debt, and medical specialty.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1997
  • Collection date: 1997
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
First- and fourth-year medical students, post-graduate Year 3 residents, full-time clinical faculty, internal medicine and pediatrics RTDs, primary care and specialty department chairs, and medical school deans in United States four-year medical schools.
A stratified probability sample was drawn from databases of the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges. Certain groups (e.g., primary care faculty) were oversampled to ensure adequate representation in the sample.
Collection Mode
  • (1) The SAS transport file was created using the SAS CPORT procedure. (2) The data map is provided as an ASCII file and the codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

Funding insitution(s): Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (029699).
One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions; consult the study documentation to learn more on how to obtain the data.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 3317 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03317.v1
  • Ku, Manwai C.. Intra-Occupational Sex Segregation: The Case of the Medical Profession. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.New York City, NY. 2007.
  • Block, Susan D., Sullivan, Amy M.. Attitudes about end-of-life care: A national cross-sectional study. Journal of Palliative Medicine.1, (4), 347-355.1998.
    • ID: 10.1089/jpm.1998.1.347 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Block, Susan D. (2002): National Survey of Attitudes and Choices in Medical Education and Training (ACMET) II, 1997. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.