The cost of medical education in an ambulatory neurology clinic

Anna Abramovitch, William Newman, Bimal Padaliya, Chandler Gill, P. David Charles

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Decreased revenue from clinical services has required academic hospitals and physicians to improve productivity. Medical student education may be a significant hindrance to increased productivity and income. This study quantifies the amount of time spent by faculty members teaching medical students in an ambulatory neurology clinic as well as the amount of time students occupied rooms when seeing patients on their own. Over a three-week period in an ambulatory neurology clinic, an observer noted these quantities of time, and the opportunity costs of both amounts of time were determined. Attending physicians spent an average of 19.6 minutes per medical student per half-day teaching, which translates to an average cost of $20.78 per half-day clinic. Students spent an average of 49.9 minutes per half-day seeing patients in the absence of an attending physician, an opportunity cost to the clinic of $142.50 per student per half-day.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1288-1290
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the National Medical Association
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Ambulatory clinic
  • Cost of medical education
  • Cost of medical student education

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  • Medicine(all)

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    Abramovitch, A., Newman, W., Padaliya, B., Gill, C., & Charles, P. D. (2005). The cost of medical education in an ambulatory neurology clinic. Journal of the National Medical Association, 97(9), 1288-1290.