Surveys & Data

CDIM Surveys

CDIM launches an annual survey each September for completion by CDIM clerkship director members. Survey responses are aggregated and identified for presentation at Academic Internal Medicine Week.

The data members provide are essential to the organization’s policies, planning, and research. In addition, the data provides a platform for CDIM to gain national recognition.

Email surveys@im.org for more information.

Recent Survey Files

CDIM Survey Publications

Rencic J, Trowbridge RL Jr, Fagan M, Szauter K, and Durning S. Clinical Reasoning Education at US Medical Schools: Results from a National Survey of Internal Medicine Clerkship Directors. J Gen Intern Med. Nov;32(11):1242-1246.

Alexandraki, I., Hernandez, C., Torre, D., and Chretien, K. 2017. Interprofessional Education in the Internal Medicine Clerkship Post-LCME Standard Issuance: Results of a National Survey. Journal of General Internal Medicine, Aug;32(8), 871-876.

Shaheen AW, Denton GD, Stratton TD, Hoellein AR, Chretien KC. End-of-Life and Palliative Care Curricula in Internal Medicine Clerkships: A Report on the Presence, Value, and Design of Curricula as Rated by Clerkship Directors. Acad Med. 2014 Aug;89(8):1168-73.

Liston BW, Tartaglia KM, Evans D, Walker C, Torre D. Handoff practices in undergraduate medical education. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 May;29(5):765-9. 

Shaheen AW, Denton GD, Stratton TD, Hoellein AR, Chretien KC. End-of-Life and Palliative Care Curricula in Internal Medicine Clerkships: A Report on the Presence, Value, and Design of Curricula as Rated by Clerkship Directors. Acad Med. 2014 May 21.

Shaheen A, Papp KK, Torre D. The internal medicine clerkship and ambulatory learning experiences: results of the 2010 clerkship directors in internal medicine survey. Teach Learn Med. 2013;25(3):225-30. Read Abstract »

Ratcliffe TA, Hanson JL, Hemmer PA, Hauer KE, Papp KK, Denton GD. The required written history and physical is alive, but not entirely well, in internal medicine clerkships. Teach Learn Med. 2013;25(1):10-4.

Fazio SB , Papp KK, Torre DM, De Fer TM.  Grade Inflation in the Internal Medicine Clerkship: A National Survey. Teach Learn Med.  2013 Jan; 25:1:71-76.

Liston BW, O'Dorisio N, Walker C, Torre D, Papp KK. Hospital medicine in the internal medicine clerkship: results from a national survey. J Hosp Med. 2012 Sep;7(7):557-61

Kelly WF, Papp KK, Torre D, Hemmer PA. How and why internal medicine clerkship directors use locally developed, faculty-written examinations: results of a national survey. Acad Med. 2012 Jul;87(7):924-30.

Chretien KC, Chheda SG, Torre D, Papp KK. Reflective writing in the internal medicine clerkship: a national survey of clerkship directors in internal medicine. Teach Learn Med. 2012;24(1):42-8.

Chretien KC, Farnan JM, Greysen SR, Kind T. To friend or not to friend: Faculty perceptions of online professionalism. Acad Med. 2011 Dec;86(12):1545-1550.

Torre DM, Aagaard E, Elnicki DM, Durning SJ, Papp KK. Simulation in the internal medicine clerkship: A national survey of internal medicine clerkship directors. Teach Learn Med. 2011 Jul-Sep;23(3):215-222.

Liston BW, Fischer MA, Way DP, Torre D, Papp KK. Interprofessional education in the internal medicine clerkship: Results from a national survey. Acad Med. 2011 Jul;86(7):872-876.

Hemmer PA, Durning SJ, Papp K. What are the discussion topics and usefulness of clerkship directors' meetings within medical schools? A report from the CDIM 2007 national survey. Acad Med. 2010 Dec;85(12):1855-1861.

Ferenchick G, Solomon D, Durning SJ. Medicine clerkships and portable computing: A national survey of internal medicine clerkship directors. Teach Learn Med. 2010 Jan;22(1):22-27.

Ephgrave K, Margo KL, White C, Hammoud M, Brodkey A, Painter T, Juel VC, Shaw D, Ferguson K. Core clerkship directors: Their current resources and the rewards of the role. Acad Med. 2010 Apr;85(4):710-715.

Mintz M, Narvarte HJ, O'Brien KE, Papp KK, Thomas M, Durning SJ. Use of electronic medical records by physicians and students in academic internal medicine settings. Acad Med. 2009 Dec;84(12):1698-704.

Alper E, Rosenberg EI, O'Brien KE, Fischer M, Durning SJ. Patient safety education at US and Canadian medical schools: Results from the 2006 Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine survey. Acad Med. 2009 Dec;84(12):1672-1676.

Denton GD, Durning SJ. Internal medicine core clerkships experience with core problem lists: Results from a national survey of clerkship directors in internal medicine. Teach Learn Med. 2009 Oct;21(4):281-283.

LaRochelle J, Gilliland W, Torre D, Baker EA, Mechaber AJ, Poremba J, Durning S. Readdressing the need for consensus in preclinical education. Mil Med. 2009 Oct;174(10):1081-1087.

Aiyer MK, Dorsch JL, Mintz M, Torre DM, Thomas MR, Papp KK, Durning S. Medical informatics in the internal medicine clerkship: Results of a national survey. Med Teach. 2009 Aug;31(8):e351-355.

Torre D, Papp K, Elnicki M, Durning S. Clerkship directors' practices with respect to preparing students for and using the National Board of Medical Examiners Subject Exam in medicine: Results of a United States and Canadian Survey. Acad Med. 2009 Jul;84(7):867-871.

Chheda S, Hemmer PA, Durning S. Teaching about racial/ethnic health disparities: A national survey of clerkship directors in internal medicine. Teach Learn Med. 2009 Apr-Jun;21(2):127-130.

Dyrbye LN, Shanafelt TD, Thomas MR, Durning SJ. Brief observation: A national study of burnout among internal medicine clerkship directors. Am J Med. 2009 Mar;122(3):310-312. No abstract available.

Gilliland WR, LaRochelle J, Hawkins R, Dillon GF, Mechaber AJ, Dyrbye LD, Papp KK, Durning SJ. Changes in clinical skills education resulting from the introduction of the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination. Medical Teacher. 2008;30(3):325-7. Read Abstract »

Frellsen SL, Baker EA, Papp KK, Durning SJ. Medical school policies regarding struggling medical students during the internal medicine clerkships: Results of a national survey. Acad Med. 2008 Sep;83(9):876-881. Read Abstract »

Hauer KE, Fagan MJ, Kernan W, Mintz M, Durning SJ. Internal medicine clerkship directors' perceptions about student interest in internal medicine careers. J Gen Intern Med. 2008 Jul;23(7):1101-1104.

Turner JL, Farquhar L. One medical school's effort to ready the workforce for the future: Preparing medical students to care for populations who are publicly insured. Acad Med. 2008 Jul;83(7):632-638.

Dyrbye LN, Thomas MR, Papp KK, Durning SJ. Clinician educators' experiences with institutional review boards: Results of a national survey. Acad Med. 2008 Jun;83(6):590-595. Read Abstract »

Hemmer PA, Ibrahim T, Durning SJ. The impact of increasing medical school class size on clinical clerkships: A national survey of internal medicine clerkship directors. Acad Med. 2008 May;83(5):432-437.

Aiyer MK, Vu TR, Ledford C, Fischer M, Durning SJ. The subinternship curriculum in internal medicine: A national survey of clerkship directors. Teach Learn Med. 2008 Apr-Jun;20(2):151-156.

Hemmer PA, Papp KK, Mechaber AJ, Durning SJ. Evaluation, grading, and use of the RIME vocabulary on internal medicine clerkships: Results of a national survey and comparison to other clinical clerkships. Teach Learn Med. 2008 Apr-Jun;20(2):118-126. Read Abstract »

Cacamese SM, Elnicki M, Speer AJ. Grade inflation and the internal medicine subinternship: A national survey of clerkship directors. Teach Learn Med. 2007 Fall;19(4):343-346.

Kogan JR, Hauer KE. Brief report: Use of the mini-clinical evaluation exercise in internal medicine core clerkships. J Gen Intern Med. 2006 May;21(5):501-502.

Durning SJ, Pangaro LN, Sweet J, Wong RY, Sealey ML, Nardino R, Alper E, Hogan K, Hemmer PA. Clerkship sharing on inpatient internal medicine rotations: An emerging clerkship model. Teach Learn Med 2005:17:48-54. Read Abstract »

Hemmer PA, Alper EJ, Wong RY. Participation of internal medicine department chairs in the internal medicine clerkship--results of a national survey. Acad Med. 2005 May;80(5):479-483. Read Abstract »

Elnicki DM, van Londen J, Hemmer PA, Fagan M, Wong R. US and Canadian internal medicine clerkship directors' opinions about teaching procedural and interpretive skills to medical students. Acad Med. 2004;79: 1108-1113. Read Abstract »

Elnicki DM, Hemmer PA, Udden MM, Wong R, Battistone M, Albritton TA, Griffith CH. Does being a clerkship director benefit academic career advancement: Results of a national survey. Teach Learn Med. 2003;15:21-4. Read Abstract »

Hemmer PA, Griffith C, Elnicki DM, Fagan M. The internal medicine clerkship in the clinical education of medical students. Am J Med. 2003;115:423-7. Read Abstract »

Elnicki DM, Lescisin DA, Case S. Improving the National Board of Medical Examiners internal medicine subject exam for use in clerkship evaluation. J Gen Intern Med. 2002 Jun;17(6):435-40. Read Abstract »

Aiyer M, Hemmer PA, Meyer L, Albritton TA. Evidence based medicine in internal medicine clerkships: A national survey. South Med J. 2002;95:1389-95. Read Abstract »

Hemmer PA, Szauter K, Allbritton TA, Elnicki DM. Internal medicine clerkship directors’ use of and opinions about examinations. Teach Learn Med. 2002;14(4):229-35. Read Abstract »

Hemmer PA, Elnicki DM, Albritton A, Kovach R, Udden M, Wong R, Battistone M, Szauter K. The responsibilities and activities of internal medicine clerkship directors. Acad Med. 2001;76: 715-721. Read Abstract »

Speer AJ, Solomon DJ, Fincher RM. Grade inflation in internal medicine clerkships: results of a national survey. Teach Learn Med. 2000 Summer;12(3):112-116.

Bass EB, Fortin AH 4th, Morrison G, Wills S, Mumford LM, Goroll AH. National survey of Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine on the competencies that should be addressed in the medicine core clerkship. Am J Med. 1997 Jun;102(6):564-571.

Magarian GJ, Mazur DJ. A national survey of grading systems used in medicine clerkships. Acad Med. 1990 Oct;65(10):636-639.

Goals & History of the CDIM Survey

CDIM has been surveying its members since 1999. This effort has resulted in educational scholarship and generalizable knowledge about internal medicine clerkships in U.S. and Canadian medical schools.

The CDIM Annual Survey has three main goals:

  • Assess the needs of the CDIM membership and provide course and clerkship directors with answers to questions of educational relevance.
  • To describe practices, standards, and issues affecting the teaching, learning, scholarship and research in undergraduate medical education.
  • To assess perceptions of those in educational leadership roles about practices, methods, and procedures in internal medicine undergraduate education.