Relationship Between Federal Funding and Medical School Output


This study described the graduates of all American medical schools from 1976 to 1980 and from 1981 to 1985 in terms of their specialty and geographic location and correlated these variables with the amount of Title VII funds received by specific schools during those periods. Two hypotheses that were tested were (1) Title VII has had a positive impact on increasing the proportion of graduates choosing primary care specialties and practicing in rural and underserved areas, and (2) graduates of community-based schools are more likely to choose careers in primary care and to practice in rural and underserved areas than are graduates of traditional medical schools. Data for each medical school were aggregated by school and linked with data on Title VII and other federal funding from 1976 to 1985.