Operation Desert Shield and Storm : Impact on Undergraduate and Graduate Internal Medicine Education

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We evaluated the impact of mobilization during Operation Desert Shield and Storm on undergraduate and graduate internal medicine education. Surveys were sent to the 425 residency program directors and 128 chairs of departments of medicine of U.S. medical schools in February 1991. Among graduate programs (46% response), 1.6% of full-time faculty, 0.2% of voluntary faculty, and 0.1% of residents were mobilized. No full-time faculty, voluntary faculty, and residents were mobilized at 77%, 90%, and 93% of programs, respectively. Negative impact ranged from none (68%) to significant (2%). For undergraduate education (51% response), 1.2% of full-time faculty, 0.1% of voluntary faculty, and 0.3% of residents were activated. Sixtythree percent reported no full-time faculty, 97% no voluntary faculty, and 86% no residents activated. Negative impact ranged from none (53%) to significant (4%). The effect of mobilization was small, and program directors and chairs should feel comfortable supporting participation in reserve activities.



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