The Quest for Clinical Training Sites

The results from the 2013 Clerkship Survey are in! Recruiting and Maintaining U.S. Clinical Training Sites: Joint Report of the 2013 Multi-Discipline Clerkship/Clinical Training Site Survey is now published and available for your use!

PAEA, in collaboration with the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, developed a multi-discipline survey to learn about their members’ experiences with, and concerns about, clinical training sites for students. Launched in the spring of 2013, the survey was sent to the deans or directors of each program or school. At that time, PAEA had 163 member programs and obtained a response rate for the survey of 85%.

The final report reveals the findings of the survey and compares them across disciplines (MD-granting medical schools, DO-granting medical schools, nurse practitioner programs, and PA programs). Among the key findings was that most programs or schools voiced concerns regarding the number of clinical training sites for their students. Most respondents, regardless of the discipline, said it was more difficult to develop new clinical training sites at the time of the survey compared to two years prior.

PAEA expresses its appreciation to all of the programs that participated in the survey, providing valuable data on their experiences related to clinical training sites. For more information regarding the survey or the report, please contact Donovan Lessard, research director and senior data analyst, at

Download the report – pdf – 24 pages: Recruiting and Maintaining U.S. Clinical Training Sites

Also included in the report are findings for each discipline on:

  • Which specialties are particularly challenging to find
  • The competition faced
  • Incentives provided to sites
  • Solutions used to address perceived challenges

Two supplemental files to this report:

  • This Training Site Survey – Appendix contains the aggregate response frequencies and percentages by discipline for all survey items presented in the report.
  • This Survey document contains the questionnaire items provided to survey participants in March 2013.