OBJECTIVE:

To assess the current medical school training of internal medicine and pediatric residents in transitioning youth with special health care needs from child-oriented to adult-oriented health care.

METHODS:

We surveyed internal medicine and pediatric residents to assess their preparedness to transition youth with special health care needs to adult-oriented health care.

RESULTS:

The survey results demonstrated that internal medicine residents felt unprepared to care for most patients with chronic childhood-onset illness; however, most pediatric residents were comfortable caring for such patients.

CONCLUSION:

Training in chronic childhood-onset illness should be included in internal medicine training programs.

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