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Open Access Research article

A preliminary report of an educational intervention in practice management

Gerald E Crites1* and Richard J Schuster2

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Internal Medicine, Wright State University School of Medicine, 128 E. Apple Street, 2nd Floor/Fred Weber Building, Dayton, OH, 45409-2902 USA

2 Division of Health Systems Management, Department of Community Health, Wright State University School of Medicine, 3139 Research Park Blvd., Kettering Ohio 45420-401 USA

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BMC Medical Education 2004, 4:15  doi:10.1186/1472-6920-4-15

Published: 20 September 2004



Practice management education continues to evolve, and little information exists regarding its curriculum design and effectiveness for resident education. We report the results of an exploratory study of a practice management curriculum for primary care residents.


After performing a needs assessment with a group of primary care residents at Wright State University, we designed a monthly seminar series covering twelve practice management topics. The curriculum consisted of interactive lectures and practice-based application, whenever possible. We descriptively evaluated two cognitive components (practice management knowledge and skills) and the residents' evaluation of the curriculum.


The mean correct on the knowledge test for this group of residents was 74% (n = 12) and 91% (n = 12) before and after the curriculum, respectively. The mean scores for the practice management skill assessments were 2.62 before (n = 12), and 3.65 after (n = 12) the curriculum (modified Likert, 1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree). The residents rated the curriculum consistently high.


This exploratory study suggests that this curriculum may be useful in developing knowledge and skills in practice management for primary care residents. This study suggests further research into evaluation of this curriculum may be informative for practice-based education.