Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is common and carries an increased risk of morbidity and mortality. The level of knowledge among incoming medical trainees about PAD is unknown. During orientation to a single internal medicine residency program, incoming medical interns were given a 19-question multiple-choice questionnaire. The questions fell into 1 of 4 categories about PAD: (1) prevalence, (2) screening, (3) treatment, and (4) outcome. Sixty-two incoming interns were queried. The percentage of questions answered correctly overall was 41.7% (10.5%-73.7%). The percentage of questions answered correctly in the prevalence, screening, treatment, and outcome groups were 48.9% (0 to 100%), 33.8% (0 to 80%), 45.0% (0 to 87.5%), and 42.5% (0 to 100%), respectively. Internal medicine interns have poor knowledge about PAD including its prevalence, screening, treatment, and outcomes. Increased education during medical school is encouraged.
- clinical competence
- medical education
- peripheral artery disease
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine