Internal medicine interns have a poor knowledge of peripheral artery disease

Aron I. Schwarcz, Aimee Quijano, Jeffrey W. Olin, Robert J. Ostfeld

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)597-602
Number of pages6
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 2012


  • clinical competence
  • medical education
  • orientation
  • peripheral artery disease
  • physicians
  • questionnaire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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